Success on, off field
Matamata’s Tessa Waldon, 13, has achieved special recognition in hockey and science.
In 2011, while attending Matamata Primary School, she received the Most Outstanding Girl award.
Tessa now attends Bethlehem College in Tauranga where she captains the year 7-8 girls A hockey team.
At the end of the recent New Zealand Aims Games, Tessa was selected from 450 female players nationwide, to be in the New Zealand Aims Games girls 16-strong Tournament Team.
Tessa, a former Waikato representative player in year 5 and 6, now captains the Tauranga Under- 13 Representative Girls A, in her second consecutive year on the team,.
The team will compete this week at the New Zealand National Under 13s Collier Trophy Tournament to be held at Wellington National Hockey Stadium October 7 to 13.
Tessa also represented Bethlehem College in the NIWA BOP Science Fair regional competition in Rotorua.
She earned the Fonterra Farm Soil Science Special Award for her project: Which nitrogen-based fertiliser grows rye- grass the fastest?
Over two days, Tessa presented her project to several judges where marks were awarded for oral presentation, scientific method, data analysis and overall project presentation.
The event concluded with a public viewing of all entries and an official award ceremony held at the Rotorua Events Centre.