Role model receives recognition
South Waikato’s first Positive Young Star recipient is described as ‘‘humble, kind and having a great level of perseverance.’’
Nakiaa Vano, 11, a student at Strathmore College, has been recognised by the Foundation for Youth Development Waikato, ANZ Bank and South Waikato News as a positive role model.
Constantly doing right by herself and others, sharing her lunch with those who are hungry, helping younger students settle into school and including people who seem lonely or left out.
Strathmore College teacher Ngaire Taikato nominated Miss Vano, who she felt always looked out for other people, while striving to achieve to the best of her abilities.
‘‘Nakiaa is kind and caring towards other students and teachers. Key words to describe her are perseverance and humble. She gives everything a go,’’ Miss Taikato said.
Nakiaa sees a role model as someone who doesn’t fight, helps others, has fun, gives things a go and gives everything 100 per cent. She considers her two older brothers and best friend and classmate Reina Treadaway as her role models.
‘‘Reina is my role model and best friend, she gives me good advice, helps me with things and is a very kind person,’’ she said.
Nakiaa ’s ‘‘bestie’’ said her friend was always seen smiling and helping others.
‘‘It’s good to set an example for the younger students so they can be a good role model too,’’ said Nakiaa.
As well as setting a good example Nakiaa enjoys writing and singing with her friends, is in the school choir and aspires to be a singer or teacher.
YOUNG STAR: Nakiaa Vano and her best friend and role model Reina Treadaway.