Leader earns red socks

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

St Mary’s Pu­taruru stu­dent Hamish Dyk­stra was recog­nised for his ac­tive con­tri­bu­tion to school and com­mu­nity as part of the Sir Peter Blake Trust Week.

In a school assem­bly last week, Hamish was pre­sented with the Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Award which in­cluded a medal, cer­tifi­cate and a pair of red socks as a trib­ute to the slain sailor who helped New Zealand win the Amer­ica’s Cup in 1995.

Prin­ci­pal Jenny MacKen­zie de­scribed Hamish as a ‘‘nat­u­ral leader with an unas­sum­ing pres­ence. He gives his best in ev­ery­thing he does and is a true catholic leader of our school.’’

West­pac Pu­taruru man­ager, Jo Rist who pre­sented the award said ‘‘Th­ese young peo­ple are the next gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers. It’s im­por­tant we hon­our and en­cour­age them to build on their nat­u­ral tal­ents and abil­i­ties to de­velop their lead­er­ship skills at an early age.’’

Sir Peter Blake Trust chief ex­ec­u­tive Shel­ley Camp­bell said Sir Peter be­lieved in young Kiwi’s po­ten­tial to achieve great things.

‘‘ The trust en­cour­ages young New Zealan­ders to dare to dream and demon­strate great lead­er­ship, and the young leader award cel­e­brates those who have achieved this,’’ Ms Camp­bell said.

‘‘This award is a great way to em­power stu­dents who have lead­er­ship skills and helps de­velop their con­fi­dence, while pro­vid­ing a strong role model for their peers.’’

The award was pre­sented in 160 schools across New Zealand. South Waikato District Coun­cil re­vealed that 78 dogs were im­pounded over the district be­tween May 3 and June 15 of this year. Of that num­ber 34 were eu­thanised, 36 have been claimed by own­ers and one dog was re-homed leav­ing seven dogs still im­pounded.

YOUNG HERO: St Mary’s Pu­taruru stu­dent Hamish Dyk­stra won the Sir Peter Blake Trust Week.

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