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Highest IB Result in New Zealand

Date: 11th February 2020

SMC’s Emma Taylor (17) has earned the highest mark in New Zealand in the 2019 International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) results, the only student scoring the maximum possible, 45 out of 45, putting her in the top 0.3% of graduates in the world.

Emma chose to study IB due to the depth of subjects on offer and the global perspective the study offered.

“I chose IB because I wanted to study a broad range of subjects and I also wanted an international career in the future. The chance to study economics, particularly developmental economics is quite unique for a high school curriculum. IB taught me a lot about time management and taught me how to retain knowledge and use it in different contexts. It taught me to question things, particularly knowledge – you don’t necessarily take things at face value.

“I want to have a career such as working for organisations like the IMF or the World Bank, leveraging human rights issues in developing countries and working with loans and projects that would be able to develop their economy so they can get out of the poverty trap – I’ve had my heart set on this since seeing a story on the news when I was in Year 9 and IB was the right pathway to achieve that.”

Emma’s success has earned her a place at Cambridge University in the UK, where she will read economics at Corpus Christi College, starting in September 2020. 

Emma received her Top Scholar Award at the International Baccalaureate Top Scholars’ Awards Ceremony at Parliament where she was joined by Abigil Lai, who also achieved an IB Diploma score of over 40 points.

Congratulations to all the SMC IB graduates, all of whom achieved their university goals with their results.

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