Suc­cess on, off field

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

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