Miles Harford: Principal’s Award winner 2017
Student leader Miles Harford, 18, won the Principal’s Award for top academic performance at this year’s prize giving. He tells us what’s next on the cards.
What’s the secret to your academic success?
I made sure I applied myself completely to my school work, asking questions and going above the curriculum out of pure interest. ACG Senior College has been a great asset to my schooling and performance due to the school’s attentive and passionate teachers.
What has been the highlight of your time at the school?
The school ball was extremely fun, not only to organise with my fellow leaders, but also the night itself. It was an amazing evening and was very rewarding to create such a fun event for myself, my peers, and the school staff.
What have been some of your key achievements at school?
Outside of receiving the Principal’s Award, achieving first place in English Literature and Maths Statistics was a great goal to finally reach. Taking on the responsibility of leadership felt very fulfilling as I didn’t expect to be able to become such an influence on my school and peers.
What’s your favourite subject and why?
It’d have to be Mathematics, because I had such great classmates and an awesome teacher [Mr Eskra, Deputy Principal]. We all got along well in a relaxed and fun environment while still getting all our work done.
What do you like most about ACG Senior College?
I appreciate the freedom and independence granted by the school. This along with such passionate and caring teachers really allowed me to be myself and get to where I am now.
When you are not studying, what do you like to do?
I love hanging out with my friends from school, and outside of school. I’m also a big reader and really appreciate good music.
What are your plans for next year?
I’m planning to go to ANU in Canberra to study Law and Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. I’m really interested in those fields and can’t wait to experience a new kind of education outside of New Zealand.
Where would you like to see yourself in ten years’ time?
This is a difficult question as I think the world will be very different in ten years. Hopefully I can achieve a career that I love, but will also be appropriate for my lifestyle, but I would really like to go into politics or practise law.
Photo caption: Miles with his ‘awesome’ maths teacher Mr Eskra