The 2018 Dux excelled across several academic disciplines, sitting six Scholarship subjects, and achieving them all, five at Outstanding level. These incredible results saw Russell named in the top 11 students in New Zealand for 2018.
Russell was also in the New Zealand team of four students who competed at the 50th Chemistry Olympiad in Bratislava and Prague, where he won an individual bronze medal.
A talented writer, as well as a scientist, Russell had many successes in writing competitions, including winning the Secondary School category in the national Sunday Star Times Short Story Competition while in Year 12.
Russell was born in Singapore and came to New Zealand as a young boy. He attended the Preparatory School at St Andrew’s College, but without a scholarship would not have been able to continue his schooling at the College. He said the scholarship allowed him to “continue to experience this amazing environment” and work with some great teachers, who helped him to achieve his academic goals.
In 2019, Russell began studying Physics at Auckland University, with his overall goal to study astrophysics.