An Nguyen is the Nelson College 2020 dux. Photo: Jonty Dine.

Nelson dux does it by the numbers


An Nguyen hopes to one day turn his love for numbers into millions of dollars.

The 18-year-old dreams of playing the stock market on Wall St.

An was recently named dux of Nelson College for 2020.

Hearing his name read out, An thought to himself, ‘surely this isn’t right?’

“It was so unexpected, but I was so proud.”

An says he enjoyed a fierce academic battle with a classmate throughout his college years.

However, An says he was always on the losing end until now.

“I tried a little harder and he didn’t focus as much this year.”

An studied accounting, economics, calculus, statistics and physics, achieving an excellence endorsement.

An’s family moved to Nelson from Vietnam in 2009 to provide better education opportunities.

His passion for numbers began at an early age.

“Numbers are always clear cut. They don’t change and there is one answer, subjects like English are judged holistically.”

Among his college highlights are a trip to America with the future problem solvers and the 2020 ball where his bright pink suit proved popular.

“I said I would wear one if I went, not thinking I would go, but then I decided I wanted to experience a ball and I had to stick to my word.”

An will attend Canterbury University in 2021 where he will study financial engineering.

“It is going to be challenging but a lot of fun.”