Karan Kalsi has collecting a range of literally ‘outstanding’ achievements during his years at Lynfield College. In both Year 11 and 12 he was awarded the Lynfield College Merit Cup for Academic achievement, involvement in extra-curricular activities and school leadership.
Karan has enjoyed unprecedented success as our most successful debater and has helped pave the way for the success Lynfield is now enjoying in the Auckland Schools' Debating and New Zealand Schools' Debating competitions. His talent and skill as a speaker saw him being the first student from Lynfield to be selected for a Russell McVeagh Auckland Regional team as a Year 11 student in 2015. He has consequently reached the Grand Final for Nationals three times, been awarded the Best Speaker trophy at the Auckland Regional Championships, and won both the Premier Junior and Premier Advanced Auckland Schools' Debating competitions for Lynfield. More importantly however, Karan has worked hard to establish a strong debating culture at Lynfield, and has supported his peers by coaching and mentoring young debaters, with great success.
Karan has balanced not only a demanding Student Leadership role but also that of the Student Representative on the Board of Trustees along with the demands of an intensive academic programme. His hard work and self-motivation has seen him gain a total four scholarships in Classical Studies, History, Media Studies (Outstanding) and Geography (Outstanding). On top of this he attained first in New Zealand for Scholarship Geography and achieved an Outstanding Scholar Award, one of only 49 students throughout New Zealand to do so.
Karan's energy and commitment have been outstanding and he leaves behind a fine legacy at Lynfield College. Amongst a range of future options Karan has also been accepted for Cambridge University. We will follow with interest his career pathway which is sure to be highly successful.