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Students Awarded For Service

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20 November 2008


Students Awarded For Service

Wellington Airport is proud to announce the winners of the Wild at Heart Spirit Award for service to school and community.

At a celebration dinner for the 2008 Wellington Airport Community Awards, Wellington Airport CEO, Steven Fitzgerald, presented $1500 to each outstanding student for their post school studies.

The Wellington Airport Wild at Heart Spirit Award recognises the impressive contribution of youth from the five schools in the Airport’s neighbourhood to their school and local community.

“Student achievement in sport or academia is so often lauded but it’s the selfless work that these students have done outside of the rigours of their regular commitments that Wellington Airport is recognising in this award,” said Steven Fitzgerald.

The winners of the 2008 Wild at Heart Spirit Award are:

Josh Irving – Rongotai College

Nicole Lundon – St Catherine’s College

Henare Mihaere – St Patrick’s College

Alexamder Stamp – Scots College

Lizzy Werry – Wellington East Girls’ College


Josh Irving - Rongotai College

Josh has been a widely respected Head Prefect for Rongotai College this year, with his involvement in school activities extending to Stage Challenge, Jazz Band (we heard him perform earlier this evening), barbershop, Lawn Bowls, 20/20 cricket, dragon boating and the Polynesian Club.

In his local community, Josh volunteers for On the Edge charitable trust, offering leadership and training support for youth in Wellington, and is a leading contributor to "Elements" - a hip hop dance and singing group for children from local primary and intermediate schools.

Nicole Lundon - St Catherine’s College

During her time at St Catherine’s Nicole has been an excellent student academically whilst maintaining a full programme of extra curricular involvement, notably hockey and debating.

However, it was her outstanding contribution to school and community that made her nomination stand out.

Nicole has been a very active Community Captain at St Catherine’s College, a central member of the school’s Caritas team and involved in the peer support programme.

In the wider community, she leads a local Brownie pack, was the youth representative for the Eastern Suburbs Pastoral Team attending World Youth Day in Sydney, and volunteers her own time to care for a disabled child in her local community.

Nicole is intending to study Medicine next year.

Henare Mihaere - St Patrick’s College

Henare has participated widely and successfully during his time at St Pats. Along with academic success, he has captained teams in cricket, basketball and golf, been heavily involved in the music programme, and served as Deputy Head Boy.

Henare has been very giving of his time his time to help other students - coaching and refereeing basketball, directing the barbershop chorus and coaching three quartets, and being a peer support leader.

His passion for the community is shown through his volunteering to collect for numerous charity groups, work with Young Vinnies, and his role as Community Prefect this year.

Before he begins his tertiary studies, Henare will be representing New Zealand in the International Barbershop Competitions with Wellington chorus Vocal FX next year.

Alexander Stamp - Scots College

Alexander has been a committed and diligent student during his time at Scots College, widely contributing to the school through involvement in waterpolo, underwater hockey, rugby, jazz band, and debating.

He has been a house and college prefect, and heavily involved in the schools tutoring programme of younger students. Alexander has organised a number of fundraisers for Relay for Life, the 40 Hour Famine and Presbyterian Support.

Alexander has completed Young New Zealanders Challenge Gold award, Outward Bound and the Spirit of Adventure, all of which have strong community service components. He has achieved a Lifesaving Bronze Medallion to distinction, and also volunteers as an underwater hockey referee.

Next year Alexander will be studying Engineering in Australia.

Lizzie Werry - Wellington East Girls College

Over the past 5 years Lizzie has been an integral part of Wellington East Girls College. She has thrown herself with passion and commitment into the extra curricular life of the school including choir, orchestra, stage challenge, computer club, and completing the Spirit of Adventure and the Young New Zealanders Challenge Gold Award.

Lizzie has also been a peer tutor in the Special Needs unit, a member of the charity committee, and led the 40 hour famine committee so successfully that her school was recognised as one of New Zealand’s top fundraising schools.

Lizzie’s service to community has been outstanding. She has looked after children in the after school care programme at Arlington Council Flats, been a volunteer companion at a local rest home, and attended the Community Shelter every Friday evening for the last 3 years to prepare meals.

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