Cadets gain top awards

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By ABBY BROWN

Two Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dents have gained the high­est youth award from St John.

Year 13 stu­dent Jessie Walker and year 11 stu­dent Talya Berry won the Grand Prize Award by gain­ing 12 badges over four years.

The badges were for skills, in­clud­ing cook­ing and first aid, Jessie said.

They also gained them by com­pet­ing in com­pe­ti­tions, show­ing lead­er­ship and go­ing on camps.

The awards were pre­sented by the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral in Wellington re­cently ‘‘ which was pretty awe­some,’’ Jessie said.

Jessie be­came in­volved in St John be­cause she wants to be a nurse. She en­tered it through a ca­reer path­ways event at school and was ‘‘hooked’’.

Pho­tos: PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY WOOLF

HAPPY: Talya Berry re­ceives her St John award from the Gov­er­nor-Gen­eral Sir Jerry Mateparae.

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