AJ impressed the teachers at his school with his excellent work ethic, diligence and consistency, which saw him advancing in his academic achievement.
He was actively involved in co-curricular life, especially the school productions, which he performed in for three years.
AJ was also a drummer and percussionist at the Rotorua Musical Theatre, a drum tutor at Rotorua Intermediate School and participated in the Smokefree Rockquest.
He has collected many awards and prizes for his musical pursuits.
AJ studied a bachelor of Music (Jazz) at the University of Auckland to enable him to further his many career choices he has listed - teacher, musician, performer and composer.