In­ter­na­tional award for grad­u­ate

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Sarah-Michelle Washer is a young wo­man who be­lieves in liv­ing up to her po­ten­tial.

The 24-year-old for­mer Ngaru­awahia High stu­dent was re­cently cho­sen to re­ceive an in­ter­na­tional award from women's ser­vice and ad­vo­cacy or­gan­i­sa­tion, Zonta In­ter­na­tional.

She was pre­sented with the award at a Zonta In­ter­na­tional meet­ing in Hamil­ton by the New Zealand gov­er­nor Janet Hope.

Sarah-Michelle, who now works in Auck­land, was a stu­dent at Waikato Univer­sity when she ap­plied for the JaneMKlaus­man Women in Busi­ness Award.

The award, first pre­sented by Zonta In­ter­na­tional in 1998, is for women pur­su­ing de­grees in busi­ness lead­ing to a busi­ness man­age­ment ca­reer.

In ad­di­tion to the Zonta In­ter­na­tional award of $US7000 she also re­ceived gen­er­ous financial awards from both Zonta Hamil­ton-Waikato and Zonta NZ.

Sarah-Michelle's list of achieve­ments is re­mark­able.

She was dux at Ngaru­awahia High School in 2010 and has re­ceived a num­ber of prizes and schol­ar­ships.

She co-founded the IT.U Learn­ing Char­i­ta­ble Trust in 2015, which seeks to aid the tran­si­tion from high school to fur­ther study or em­ploy­ment through school-busi­ness part­ner­ships. This is some­thing she says was dif­fi­cult for many of her peers in Ngaru­awahia and she is only one of a hand­ful of her peers who have gone on to study at univer­sity

Sarah-Michelle has stud­ied in Den­mark, China and South Korea, us­ing her time on these ex­changes to con­duct busi­ness­re­lated re­search.

Sarah grad­u­ated from Waikato Univer­sity with a Bach­e­lor of Man­age­ment Stud­ies with Hon­ours and a Bach­e­lor of Laws with Hon­ours in De­cem­ber 2016, ma­jor­ing in Strate­gic Man­age­ment and Law.

She says her long-term goal is to start her own com­pany within the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor to sup­port youth en­gage­ment.

Sarah-Michelle Washer (left) with Zonta New Zealand Gov­er­nor Janet Hope and Hamil­ton-Waikato club pres­i­dent Ali­son Watkins.

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