Former Matamata College student Jessica Watkinson is no stranger to achieving at the highest level.
While attending the College, Jessica achieved a clean fiveyear sweep, by being year 11, 12 and 13 dux and top student in years 9 and 10.
Striving for excellence is something that Sir Dryden Spring also knows well.
It’s just one of the primary reasons that saw him inducted as a laureate into the The New Zealand Business Hall of Fame last Wednesday.
Jessica, who is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Auckland, was approached by the Young Enterprise Trust to read Sir Dryden’s citation before he was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame.
The New Zealand Business Hall of Fame was created in 1994 by Young Enterprise Trust, and is presented each year with the support of Fairfax Media, Auckland Chamber of Commerce and Kaimira Estate.
The Business Hall of Fame was created to recognise and celebrate individuals who have made a significant contribution to the economic and social development of New Zealand.
In 2013, laureates Sir John Anderson, Sir Colin Giltrap, Hugh Green, Sir George Fistonich, Sir Dryden Spring, Mary Innes, Val Barfoot and Maurice Thompson were inducted to the Hall of Fame at a gala dinner at Auckland’s Langham Hotel.
Wednesday’s event was attended by their excellencies Lieutenant General The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae, and Lady Janine Mateparae, the Honourable Bill English and many other distinguished guests.