Head­ing straight to top

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Madi Ferris loves Aotea Col­lege – and it loves her right back.

The year 12 stu­dent is presently in the mid­dle of ex­ams, but is look­ing for­ward to a sum­mer of re­lax­ing and part- time work. From Jan­uary, she will be one of the faces of her school, af­ter be­ing named head girl for 2013.

Al­though she worked hard to earn the sup­port of her peers and the back­ing of teach­ers and the prin­ci­pal, Madi says win­ning the role was still a sur­prise and an hon­our. ‘‘I ap­plied and had to do a speech in front of the stu­dent body and go through the in­ter­views, which was cool. I was happy to make the short-list and would have been re­ally proud to be a pre­fect, but head girl is just amaz­ing.

‘‘ My fam­ily, es­pe­cially Mum, were proud and I’m look­ing for­ward to giv­ing some­thing back af­ter Aotea’s given me so much.’’

As part of the in­ter­view, Madi sang a song for the teach­ers about Aotea Col­lege, and hopes it is some­thing that is picked up by the rest of the school. Next year they will un­veil a new haka.

She’s eagerly an­tic­i­pat­ing a ‘‘huge’’ last year. Her stud­ies, lead­er­ship re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, bar­ber­shop, net­ball coach­ing and part-time job shelv­ing at Porirua Li­brary will have to be bal­anced.

‘‘You do have to be a role model but I’m ready for it ... I can’t stop smil­ing.’’

Role model: Madi Ferris, Aotea Col­lege’s head girl for 2013, en­joys her job at Porirua Li­brary. She is there three days a week, in­clud­ing Satur­day af­ter­noon, shelv­ing books and field­ing in­quiries from the pub­lic.

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