It is a case of one sister following in her sister’s footsteps, as Bailey and Brooke Gregory have taken out the DUX Award at Tuakau College within two years of one another.
Brooke and Bailey of Tuakau couldn’t believe that both of them won the award, with Bailey being announced in November as the recipient of the overall academic excellence in Year 13 at the college’s annual prizegiving evening. Brooke took out the award in 2013.
“I saw what she was able to do and thought; let’s see how far I can take my studies as well,” Bailey laughs. Brooke, who has just finished her second year studying a Bachelor of Business Analysis, majoring in Accounting, at Waikato University, explained that while Bailey is competitive, they both are completely different when it came to their subject options in school.
“Bailey is definitely more science based while I enjoyed the business based subjects. So while we have both taken out the award, we definitely are different with our studies and some characteristics,” laughs Brooke. The award is based on the quality of credits and results from internal assessments throughout the whole year, with the DUX students being presented with a Toshiba laptop. Bailey was also awarded an Otago University Dux scholarship worth $5000, which she says will be a huge help with her studies next year.
“I will hopefully be accepted into first year Health Science, as I would really like to complete a Bachelor of Dental Surgery.” Both girls agreed that achieving the award came down to hard work invested throughout the year. While Brooke is beginning an internship for Price Waterhouse Coopers over summer, Bailey has just passed her restricted licence and found a job, and plans to save as much money as possible for university next year.