Three awards were received by the New Zealand College of Chiropractic (NZCC) at the recently held ITENZ Conference 2015: Student of the Year, International Student of the Year, and the Margaret Yates Scholarship.

Designed to showcase the achievement of outstanding individuals the private tertiary sector, the Independent Tertiary Education New Zealand (ITENZ) held its conference and awarding ceremony on 3-4 September, at the Distinction Rotorua Hotel and Conference Centre. ITENZ is a national organisation representing private tertiary institutions in New Zealand.

NZCC Year 3 student Andrew McCracken won the Cengage Student of the Year award, which highlights his achievements for 2014. He has been a very active member of the student body and a consistently well-performing student, maintaining a high course average of A-. McCracken also received the 2013 Dr Patrick Platt Scholarship for Academic Excellence. In addition, he won the regional Talk the Tic contest on excellence in communication for 2013; and continued on to represent the College in the Talk the Tic world championship in Atlanta, USA.

Recognising his achievements and contribution to life in New Zealand, ITENZ awarded Year 2 NZCC student Michael Clarke as the Cengage International Student of the Year. After finishing a degree in neuroscience in Canada, he moved to New Zealand to study chiropractic at the College. During his first year, Clarke was elected by the student body as president of the New Zealand Chiropractic Students Association. He competed last year in the New Zealand Talk the Tic, won, and represented the College in the international competition in the USA. Outside the College, he gives piano lessons to kids, plays the flute whenever he can, and actively volunteers for church activities.

NZCC neuroscience lecturer Alice Cade was awarded the Margaret Yates Scholarship, to assist her current study toward a Masters in Health Science at the Auckland University of Technology. Her postgraduate degree will mainly be a pilot study on chiropractic care, visual target acquisition, and reading behaviour in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

The award of this scholarship is an indication of the value which ITENZ places on continuing education as a means of achieving personal and organisational professional development goals.