Macleans College produces New Zealand’s Top Scholar

Posted on May 06, 2019

Former Macleans College student Yang Fan Yun (Snell House 2014 - 2018) has been presented with the Prime Minister’s Award for Academic Excellence by Jacinda Ardern.

He is one of eleven students who had qualified for a Premier Award which recognises the top scholarship students in New Zealand. The ceremony took place in the Grand Hall of the Parliament Buildings in Wellington on 1 May.  

As the winner of the Prime Minister’s Award Yang Fan was acknowledged as having achieved the highest overall level of academic excellence amongst the Premier Award winners. In the NZQA 2018 Scholarship examinations he achieved five Outstanding Scholarships in Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Economics, and Statistics. In addition he was also awarded Scholarships in Agricultural and Horticultural Science, Calculus, English, Geography, and Health and Physical Education.

Yang Fan was a School Prefect, Academic Captain, Peer Support Leader at Macleans College and was named school Dux in 2018. He was a member of the New Zealand Biology Olympiad Team that went to Africa in 2018. He also won a gold medal at the Economics Olympiad in Moscow, gaining the top score in the Economics section. He was a cellist in the school Symphony Orchestra, sang in the boys’ choir and was key member of the school and Auckland region debating teams.

Yang Fan is currently studying Economics at the University of Auckland and has been accepted into Stanford University in the USA to study Economics, Human Biology and Public Policy later this year. He plans to pursue medical research and work to improve equal access to affordable healthcare through policy making.