No plans to slow down
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.
Hard worker: Hillsborough teenager Kerry Mackereth wins a special award for community service presented by mayor Len Brown.