Senior secondary school students have the chance to shine with the launch of a new set of student awards from Crimson Education.

The company, which helps get New Zealand students get into prestigious universities in the United States and the United Kingdom, has launched Student of the Year Awards celebrating New Zealand students from Years 10 to 13 who are excelling as standout leaders, athletes, entrepreneurs, performers and academics.

“Across New Zealand, there is still very little information available to parents, teachers and students about pathways to studying at top-ranked US and UK universities,” Crimson Education’s Co-Founder & CEO Jamie Beaton says.

Between now and 16 February 2018, Year 10 to 13 students are encouraged to nominate themselves or their peers for student of the year in the categories of entrepreneur, athlete, academic, performing arts, debating, and leader, with Stand Out Student of the Year award receiving a personalised education and mentoring package of up to $20,000 to assist them in gaining entry to top universities around the world.

“We’re excited to be able to create this opportunity to shine a spotlight on New Zealand’s stand-out students across such a variety of diverse categories,” says Crimson Co-Founder & COO Sharndre Kushor. “At Crimson, our goal is to help people achieve their potential, and these awards will celebrate those students who are already making meaningful impact on their schools and communities.”

Semi-finalists will be reviewed by Crimson’s judging panel which includes Beaton and Kushor, along with former head of counselling at Singapore’s Raffles Institute Kevin Sim, principal at Christchurch’s Rangi Ruru Girls School Dr Sandra Hastie, current Harvard student and Crimson alumni Soumil Singh, and leadership development mentor Prof David Buisson.

The judges’ finalists will then be welcomed to a gala awards ceremony in Auckland in March 2018, where winners for each category will be announced, culminating in the judges’ choice of Stand Out Student of the Year.

In addition, a Teacher of the Year Award will honour an education professional who has contributed to developing exceptional students, while the public will also be able to vote for student finalists in the People’s Choice Award.

Applications for the 2018 Crimson Student of the Year Awards are open here.

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