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.

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