Teen leader wins Community Spirit Award
A Roxburgh Area School student with a desire to help people and an ambition to maintain strong volunteering ethics has been named winner of the 2013 TrustPower Central Otago District Youth Community Spirit Award. James Botting, 17, impressed the judges and was presented the award at a ceremony in Alexandra last week. James has committed eight years to St John, becoming a group leader and a Central Otago district cadet. He organises St John camps, events and competitions and was working toward his Grand Prior Award. Botting said he was passionate about St John and was grateful for the inspiration he had received from his leaders. ‘‘They gave me the life skills I needed to go out in the world. It’s not just about first aid,’’ he said. He enjoyed helping the younger members and knowing that what he was teaching them could one day save a life. TrustPower community relations representative Jess Somerville said: ‘‘James is an outstanding young man who is a self-motivated and very passionate about helping oth- ers.’’ He was involved in organising the school gala, was leader of the school’s 40 Hour Famine group and Students Against Drink Driving group and was committed to raising funds for those less fortunate. As an aspiring school teacher he also mentors students at his school. James impressed the judges with his leadership both within the junior and senior school, sincere desire to help people and his ambitions to maintain his strong volunteering ethics
younger into his future. He received a trophy, framed certificate and $500 prize money with $250 given to his choice of community group – St John. This year’s runner-up is Paige Richmond from Dunstan High School.
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