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Winner of Youth Spirit Award Announced

Winner of Youth Spirit Award Announced

Cambridge High School student Freddie Dillon takes home top Youth Spirit Award

Freddie Dillon from Cambridge High School has been named as the winner of the Trustpower Waipa District Youth Community Award.

The Award will be presented at the Trustpower Waipa District Community Awards held tonight on Monday 9 May at Te Awamutu College.

Run in conjunction with the Trustpower Waipa District Community Awards, the Trustpower Youth Community Award recognises secondary school students’ service to the school and the community. The Award is jointly run by Trustpower and the Waipa District Council.

Local high schools were asked to recommend one student to be considered for the Award. The finalists for this award are Emilie Hughes from St Peter’s School and Renee Kemp from Te Awamutu College.

To be considered for the Trustpower Youth Community Spirit Award students had to have given service to school or community projects, treated others with care and respect and been a good ambassador for the school and the Waipa region.

Trustpower Community Relations Representative Emily Beaton says that Freddie has a massively bright future ahead of him.

“Freddie is a charismatic, caring and empathetic student who approaches everything with an open mind and a fierce dedication. He has invested a lot into his school, being the Student Trustee on the Board of Trustees, he was on the Year 12 Leadership group last year and he has a strong involvement in the kapa haka scene. Notably, he founded the Cambridge High School Leo Club last year, which still continues to successfully run.

His passionate commitment to helping others doesn’t stop at the school gate, his generosity extends to the wider community and internationally. Freddie and some of his mates travelled to Cambodia to work at the Rainbow Orphanage, where he was a voluntary labourer and assisted on many projects around the orphanage.

I don’t know how he finds the time but he’s also worked on local conservation projects as a member of the Hamilton Junior Naturalists, he’s a long standing member of the Cambridge Brass Band and he has been a member of a number of local committees with a focus on providing a junior voice and opinion on the issues at hand which include the Waipa Council Parks and Reserves Landscape Committee, the Waipa Council Armistice and ANZAC Day Committee and the Gaslight Theatre Committee” says Miss Beaton.

For winning the Award Freddie will receive a trophy, framed certificate and $500 prize money, with $250 being given to a community group or organisation of his choice.

The Trustpower Youth Community Spirit Award will be presented at the Trustpower Waipa District Community Awards, being held tonight on Monday 9th May, with the awards presentations beginning at 6pm at the Te Awamutu College School hall.


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