Fu­ture looks bright

Five get a big boost

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By ES­THER LAUAKI

Five lo­cal stu­dents were thrilled to re­ceive a leg-up as they pre­pare for uni­ver­sity next year.

Trust Porirua has awarded each a $3000 a year schol­ar­ship for three years.

The year 13 re­cip­i­ents were Ebony Sushames of Bishop Viard Col­lege, Ed­die Cal­la­han of Mana, Fenella Brown of Aotea, Ni­cholas Gadd of Sa­muel Mars­den Col­le­giate School in Whitby and Kjarsti Faraimo of Porirua Col­lege.

Trust Porirua chair Sue Dow was proud to see ‘‘such a di­verse group’’ re­warded for their achieve­ments.

‘‘It’s great to be able to cel­e­brate their suc­cesses with them. It’s quite a good schol­ar­ship, so we’re happy to be able to give them that leg-up as they go on to ter­tiary study.’’

This is the sec­ond year the trust has awarded the schol­ar­ships.

Ms Sushames will study com­mer­cial dance at Whi­tireia New Zealand’s per­form­ing arts cen­tre next year.

She plans to take her danc­ing as far as she can be­fore she hangs up her bal­let shoes for good.

‘‘I’ve been danc­ing my whole life but I’ve al­ways kept my op­tions open. Danc­ing is some­thing I love to do and I need to do it while I’m young. I’ll do a bit of travel and later study to be­come a teacher,’’ she said.

Ms Faraimo will be pur­su­ing a child­hood dream to be­come a doc­tor, study­ing health sci­ence in Otago.

‘‘The schol­ar­ship re­ally helps a lot with the fi­nan­cial pres­sures that ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion brings,’’ she said. ‘‘ My fam­ily are re­ally happy. In Pa­cific Is­land fam­i­lies, when one per­son is suc­cess­ful it’s like the whole fam­ily is suc­cess­ful.’’

Ms Brown and Mr Cal­la­han will both be start­ing a Bach­e­lor of Com­merce and Ad­min­is­tra­tion de­gree course at Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­sity, while Mr Gadd plans to study en­gi­neer­ing.

Ms Brown is still de­cid­ing, but is in­ter­ested in ad­ver­tis­ing and mar­ket­ing.

‘‘There’s some­thing about it that ex­cites me be­cause I think it’s some­thing I have a pas­sion for and I can be re­ally cre­ative in,’’ she said.

Look­ing ahead: Re­cip­i­ents of the Trust Porirua schol­ar­ships, from left, Ebony Sushames, Ed­die Cal­la­han, Fenella Brown, Ni­cholas Gadd, Kjarsti Faraimo, and one of last year’s re­cip­i­ents, Hitesh Tai­lor. All have $3000 a year to look for­ward to for three years.

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