Pick­ing up lit­ter high on list for scholar

Hauraki Herald - - OUT & ABOUT -

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.

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