Azy, my editor, celebrated a couple of milestones recently. The first of those was his 17th birthday. Then, upon completion of his final year of high school, he was awarded Dux of the School. If that's an unfamiliar term, Wikipedia explains:
Dux (plural: duces) is Latin for leader (from the verb ducere, 'to lead') and for duke, and in Ancient Rome could refer to anyone who commanded troops, such as tribal leaders...In schools in Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Iceland, Dux is a modern title given to the top student in academic and sporting achievement (Dux Litterarum and Dux Ludorum respectively) in each graduating year. In this usage, Dux is similar to the American concept of a valedictorian.
Azy plans to attend university in 2009.