Recognition for high achievers
It’s been a great week to celebrate creativity, enterprise and achievement throughout the Clutha District and beyond.
South Otago High School student Hannah Laugesen, 14, of Balclutha, is one of four winners in TV3 reality series The Block NZ with her art work for Team Blue’s house. Four couples are competing on the show, renovating four homes on Auckland’s North Shore. A South Otago High School student was also one of the winners last year. The Clutha Leader hopes to catch up with Laugesen next week when she is reunited with her painting.
Designer and award-winning hair stylist Jennie Hasler-Jacobs, of Balclutha, came home with a highly-commended in the recycled section at the 2017 Hokonui Fashion Design Awards held at the Gore on Saturday night. Jacobs is a well-known competitor in hair and fashion events throughout OtagoSouthland.
A South Otago High School young enterprise group has just started marketing this year’s product invention - reusable, breathable, mesh bags.
Young Enterprise Scheme year 12 and 13 students Alice Murray, Abbey Mills, Kayley Johnson and Charlotte Ellis-McGartland, Briar Mills, Chrystal Wrigley, Olivia Clark, Poppy McRae, and Aimee Nolan, with the help of teacher John Douglas, have been getting a feel for what it’s like to run their own business.
Each company comes up with a product idea, and markets this product to the community.
Group member Briar Mills said her group looked into a few companies that make the bags, and considered the pros and cons of each company, including minimum order numbers and price.
‘‘It is also good that we could turn this experience into something eco-friendly and good for the planet.’’ The bags have many uses, and are an eco-friendly alternative to single use plastic bags at the supermarket.
Lincoln-Telford students Hannah Palmer, of Whangamata, a rural vet technician student, and Jonty Wylaars, of Christchurch, an agricultural diploma student, were presented with $1500 bursaries awarded by Clutha District Council, last week.
Palmer wants to run her own vet clinic, and Wylaars aims to be a shepherd and own his own farm one day. Both were grateful for the financial assistance.
Balclutha designer Jennie Hasler-Jacobs’ entry in the Hokonui Fashion Awards recycled section.