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Central Otago students honoured at prizegiving

25 November 2008

Central Otago students honoured at prizegiving ceremony

Sixty six current students and recent graduates were recognised for their achievements at Otago Polytechnic’s annual prizegiving ceremony on Friday 21 November at the Cromwell Presbyterian Church.

Of those, fifteen students were singled out for special awards and scholarships.

Graduating student Byron Henry from Auckland won the National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4) Excellence Award for best overall theory and practical achievement.

Principal Lecturer Alex Huffadine said that Bryon was an outstanding student.

“Byron has the knack of combining theoretical knowledge and practical application very successfully. This award recognises his ability and will serve as a passport to career opportunities in horticulture and viticulture.”

Cromwell local Michelle Webb, a part-time working student of the National Certificate in Horticulture (Viticulture) (Level 4) was awarded a $2,000 Rotary Scholarship to assist with her study.

Mr Huffadine believes Michelle has huge potential.

“Michelle is a self motivated and extremely articulate person who shows great leadership skills. I expect we will see her in a leadership role in the industry,” he says.

Otago Polytech Regional Manager Jean Tillyshort said the awards ceremony highlighted the wealth of talented young people in Central Otago.

“These outstanding achievements are the result of hard work and commitment by both the students and their teachers who have guided them. New Zealand’s future certainly looks bright with people of this calibre going out into the work force.”


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