Jason Tran

Class of: 2016
School: One Tree Hill College
Scholarship Partner: Westpac New Zealand Limited
As the only child of refugee parents who came to New Zealand from Cambodia to escape the hardship and suffering of their homeland, Jason is determined to make them proud and make the most of the opportunities they have given him.Principal Nick Coughlan says Jason is well on his way to doing that.

"He is an extremely gifted student with a very kind, genuine and personable demeanour. He is incredibly well-liked and respected by his peers and teachers. He thrives on learning and is a proactive and engaged student, giving 100 percent to everything he does."

Jason achieved NCEA Level One with Excellence, and has been the highest achieving student at his school during his time there. As well as his academic achievements, Jason is very involved with the school life outside the classroom. He has been part of the school's leadership programme since Year 9 and mentors junior students. He took part in the Auckland Model United Nations and was part of the 2016 Aotearoa Youth Declaration.