Amazing results for 10-year-old Queenstown genius

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A gifted Queenstown 10-year-old is turning heads with his results in an international exam.

Queenstown Primary pupil Om Shetty topped the country in computer skills for Year 5 students sitting the University of New South Wales’ ICAS exams.

Om will receive a medal marking his achievement at the University of Auckland Business School next month.

“I’m pretty excited”, he says.

Om also received high distinction grades for English, in which he was in the top one per cent in New Zealand and distinction for maths, science, spelling and writing, where he was, respectively, in the top 2 per cent, 4 per cent, 7 per cent and 14 per cent in NZ.

Om, who came to town from Auckland five years ago, studies both Year 5 and Year 6 subjects at Queenstown Primary.

Maths is his favourite topic, he says.

His dad Krish Shetty says Om reads a lot of books and credits his mum Neeta Shetty as a big help.

Om says he’d like to be a neurosurgeon or cardiac surgeon when he grows up.

His talents also extend to art and sports.

Om’s artwork is portrayed on the cover of this month’s NZ Association for Gifted Children’s magazine, Tall Poppies, and he plays cricket for the Otago Country Year 5 and 6 team.

In addition he received a gold medal for Year 5 and 6 students at the recent Central Otago Spelling Championship.