Schol­ar­ship win scored on pitch

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By LIBBY KIS­SICK

Toko­roa’s Toni Ta­plin,15, was play­ing hockey when she heard she had won the NZ Post Schol­ar­ship to fund her AFS in­ter­cul­tural ex­change.

So ex­cited in fact she found it hard to con­cen­trate on the game at hand.

It is the first time a Toko­roa stu­dent has been awarded the schol­ar­ship, for chil­dren of NZ Post Group em­ploy­ees.

When the or­gan­i­sa­tion heard of Toni’s plans to head to Ar­gentina for a year they re­sponded by fully fund­ing the $13,500 trip.

From Fe­bru­ary 23 next year un­til Jan­uary 16, 2013, Toni will be liv­ing in Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires with the Wood­ward fam­ily who are very ex­cited to meet their New Zealand guest.

‘‘This is their first time (host­ing an AFS stu­dent) and we have been talk­ing on Face­book, they are so ex­cited to meet me,’’ Toni said.

In terms of get­ting a han­dle on the lan­guage, Toni knows the need-to­know ba­sics and has been us­ing li­brary books and CDS to get her head around the dif­fer­ent pro­noun­ci­a­tion of words and vow­els - the ‘‘tongue-rolling.’’

The sec­ond daugh­ter of a fam­ily of five, Toni wants to be­come a dairy farmer.

A de­sire to learn more about the beef in­dus­try and an in­ter­est in the Span­ish lan­guage helped her set her sights on Ar­gentina.

Liv­ing in town her­self, Toni says fre­quent time spent at her best friend’s ru­ral home sparked a pas­sion to go farm­ing.

Her host par­ents in Ar­gentina are not farm- ori­ented. How­ever, con­tacts of For­est View High School teacher Lati­cia Kelly and For­est View’s cur­rent ex­change stu­dent, who is from Ar­gentina, will point her in the right di­rec­tion.

‘‘I re­ally wanted to learn Span­ish and Miss Kelly told me Ar­gentina had a big beef in­dus­try and put my name for­ward.

‘‘My sis­ter’s over there, her part­ner has a poul­try farm and said I could stay there and learn about what they do out there.

‘‘Miss Kelly has got a friend over there in­volved with the beef in­dus­try and our AFS stu­dent in Toko­roa has an un­cle who does beef (farm­ing).’’

Toni is cur­renlty fundrais­ing for ex­tra money for the next year, in­clud­ing host­ing a bak­ing stall at Man­gakino’s Christ­mas Pa­rade. Libby Kis­sick is a WIN­TEC jour­nal­ism stu­dent

Toni Ta­plan

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