Student blitzes worldwide tests


A Wakatipu High student has blitzed exams in an international competition to end up in the top one per cent. 

Hebe Hilhorst (right) recently entered the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) in mathematics, English and science. 

In each subject the 14-year-old earned “high distinction” – finishing in the top one per cent of participants in Australia and New Zealand. 

More than one million entries are accepted from about 6300 schools on both sides of the Tasman during the competition. 

Hebe, who is in Year 10 at Wakatipu High, also scored in the top two per cent of Kiwi participants during the recent Australian Mathematics Competition. 

Wakatipu High principal Steve Hall says he’s blown away by Hebe’s results. 

“For her to achieve at this level in this number of competitions is truly outstanding,” he says. 

“To get the top one per cent in three different subjects is incredible.”