Garin College’s Sotaro Kawada is the college’s first international student to be named Dux.
Sotaro, who arrived at Garin College in May 2012 from Japan, was named Dux at the college’s prizegiving on Wednesday. The 19-year-old achieved NCEA Level 1 with Merit, NCEA Level 2 with Excellence and Academic Colours and is on the way to receiving NCEA Level 3 with Excellence.
The Japanese student also made a significant contribution to the arts as a member of the college rock band Motion which won the regional final of the Smokefreerockquest. Sotaro plans to study management in the UK next year.