Stu­dent wins award

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

At a spe­cial award cer­e­mony at the Waikato In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, Mata­mata stu­dent Jac­que­lyn New was awarded the NZ Na­tional Agri­cul­tural Fiel­d­ays award.

Jac­que­lyn was also awarded the best over­all stu­dent in large an­i­mal tech­nol­ogy award.

The event was at­tended by about 150 guests from some of New Zealand’s largest agri­cul­tural com­pa­nies, with Dr Grant North­cott as the guest speaker.

Jac­que­lyn won the award for her ex­cel­lent sup­port of vets in the field.

Dur­ing her stud­ies

at Win­tec, she worked with lo­cal vets by as­sist­ing with de­horn­ing, scan­ning and tak­ing bloods of large an­i­mals.

Jac­que­lyn was recog­nised not only for her high aca­demic achieve­ments but also for her very com­pe­tent prac­ti­cal skills in the field and the fact that she was very sup­port­ive of other stu­dents.

Fol­low­ing re­ceipt of her award, Jac­que­lyn said: ‘‘ With­out the sup­port of Anne Bal­dock, I as well as my fel­low stu­dents would not have made it through the course.

‘‘ Her knowl­edge and ex­per­tise re­ally gave us the en­cour­age­ment we needed and for this I am very grate­ful. Anne is a fan­tas­tic lec­turer.’’

The $200 NZ Na­tional Agri­cul­tural Fiel­d­ays cash award was spon­sored by the NZ Na­tional Fiel­d­ays So­ci­ety, which owns and op­er­ates Mys­tery Creek Events Cen­tre.

So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Lloyd Down­ing con­grat­u­lated Jac­que­lyn.

‘‘The so­ci­ety is pleased to be giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity and en­cour­ag­ing young peo­ple into agri­cul­tural pro­fes­sions such as ve­teri­nary science,’’ he said.

‘‘We wish Jac­que­lyn all the best in her ca­reer.’’

Mata­mata’s Jac­que­lyn New is pre­sented with her cer­tifi­cate.

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