Teen leader wins Com­mu­nity Spirit Award

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By CHE BAKER

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.

Right spirit: TrustPower Cen­tral Otago Dis­trict 2013 Youth Com­mu­nity Spirit Award win­ner James Bot­ting of Roxburgh and St John vol­un­teer Vicky Whyte.. Her­itage and En­vi­ron­ment Win­ner: Becks Hall Com­mit­tee Run­ner-up: Te­viot Prospects Com­men­da­tion: Clyde on Sun­day Com­men­da­tion: Naseby and Sur­round­ing Gold­fields 150th Ju­bilee Inc

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