Picking up litter high on list for scholar
Picking up litter from the Coromandel Peninsula coastline and years of being involved with scouts has paid off for a Thames teen.
Taylor Auld, who has been involved in picking up litter along the Thames Coast, has picked up a scholarship worth $6000 from the Waikato Regional Council to help fund his university studies.
Auld received the scholarship which honours Roger Harris, who was chief engineer of the Hauraki Catchment Board from 1959 to 1983, for his development and implementation of the Waihou Valley flood protection scheme.
The scholarship is awarded annually by the council through the Waihou Piako catchment committee.
The scholarship is available to students from the Waihou Piako zone who are pursuing undergraduate study in the fields of engineering or resource management, particularly river and catchment management.
Auld, who completed his secondary education at Thames High School in 2016, is currently in his first year at Canterbury University studying a Bachelor of Civil Engineering with a view to completing his masters in engineering management.
He then aims to one day lead a team which completes large impact projects.
Auld received a number of awards at high school last year.
Awards included the Bowater Cup for creative excellence in sci- ence and the Sir Walter Scott Lodge prize for top mathematics student.
He was also first in calculus, statistics and chemistry in year 13.
Auld has been active in scouts for eight years, achieving chief scouts and queen scouts awards.
He has assisted with cubs and keas and also been part of the hockey community, receiving various best player awards and helping with other teams.
On the community front, he has been involved in organised litter pick-ups on the Thames coast.
He has also been on the committee for the Coromandel Peninsula off-road Surf to Firth Bush Marathon and was treasurer for the school ball committee.