No plans to slow down

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Af­ter years of char­ity work and pick­ing up a string of awards, high-achiev­ing teenager Kerry Mack­ereth could be for­given for tak­ing a break this year.

But the former Dioce­san School for Girls stu­dent, who has been vol­un­teer­ing since the age of six, has no plans to slow down as she heads off to univer­sity.

The Hills­bor­ough res­i­dent was named dux of the school af­ter grad­u­at­ing in De­cem­ber and picked up a $50,000 schol­ar­ship for Auck­land Univer­sity.

She was also pre­sented with a spe­cial award for her achieve­ments as Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Pre­fect af­ter help­ing to raise more than $13,000 for World Vi­sion and set­ting up a school branch of the Twin­kle Child Foun­da­tion which helps hos­pi­talised chil­dren.

Ms Mack­ereth has re­ceived aca­demic hon­ours and a board schol­ar­ship ev­ery year since en­rolling in the school in 2008.

Af­ter en­joy­ing a well-de­served break this sum­mer, the keen vol­un­teer plans to con­tinue with char­ity work while study­ing law and po­lit­i­cal sci­ence.

‘‘Help­ing oth­ers has al­ways been really im­por­tant to me and I am really keen to get in­volved with some of the ser­vice groups at Auck­land Univer­sity,’’ she says.

Last year, Ms Mack­ereth was cho­sen from stu­dents across New Zealand to re­ceive a na­tional award recog­nis­ing young women for their lead­er­ship skills and com­mit­ment to pub­lic ser­vice and civic causes.

Photo: NI­COLA TOP­PING

Hard worker: Hills­bor­ough teenager Kerry Mack­ereth wins a spe­cial award for com­mu­nity ser­vice pre­sented by mayor Len Brown.

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