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Our youth top of the rung

Courtesy of Te Awamutu Courier
Arts Trifecta
ARTS TRIFECTA: Waipa District Youth Awards Arts and Culture Excellence Award winner Sam Christopher (centre) flanked by Merit Award winners Teresa Derbyshire and Brendon Liley. Photo supplied.

Te Awamutu’s young achievers dominated the 2005 Waipa District Youth Awards, clean sweeping the arts and culture and sports categories and topping two other categories.

Arts and culture was a trifecta for Te Awamutu, lead by Sam Christopher, who was also runner-up in the multi-achiever award.

Sam is a high achiever in drama, speechmaking, art and music and was last year’s Te Awamutu College Proxime Accessit, topping Spanish, drama, painting and physical education. He was a head boy and involved in many areas of school leadership and a member of the Waipa District Youth Council.

Arts and culture runners-up are Teresa Derbyshire and Brendon Liley.

The current Te Awamutu College students are members of Senior Band and Flying Start. Teresa is a member of the New Zealand Secondary School Brass Band and is a player and committee member of Te Awamutu Brass and a high achiever academically, in sport and in drama. Brendon has numerous Country Music awards and is a high achiever in drama.

Te Awamutu also dominated sport, with World Champion U21 Netball captain Laura Langman heading the list, followed by Australian Formula 3 Trophy champion Nic Jordan and national cycling representatives Rushlee Buchanan and Peter Rennie.
Alison Probert headed the leadership award, with Alix Waters tied for second.

Alison was Deputy Head Girl and Head of Arts Council at Hamilton’s Fraser High last year and won a Citizenship Award in Year 12.

Alix was Head Girl at Te Awamutu College last year and a member of the Waipa District Youth Council.

Maria Captein and Jennifer Weal shared merit awards in the academic section.

Maria was Te Awamutu College Dux last year, a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award recipient and a leader in many school activities.

Jennifer was first in geography for Year 13 and recipient of the Rotary Shield for service to Te Awamutu College.

A merit was also awarded to Matthew Smart for community service. Matthew is heavily involved in Envirogroup at St Peter’s and lead the team which received a Tuatara national Award from DoC.

Nikki Waterhouse received an achievement award for community service for her dedication and success as a mentor in the Keep Cool programme at Te Awamutu College.