Ex­cel­lent Dux

Te Awamutu Courier - - Front Page - BY DEAN TAY­LOR

Given the ac­co­lades and awards Te Awa­mutu Col­lege head girl Adri­ana Vas­inca re­ceived dur­ing Fri­day’s Se­nior Prize­giv­ing func­tion, it was no sur­prise she was awarded the Year 13 Gen­eral Ex­cel­lence Cup for aca­demic, sports, cul­ture, par­tic­i­pa­tion and Ser­vice to the School.

She then capped an amaz­ing five years at Te Awa­mutu Col­lege by be­ing named Dux Lit­ter­arum, win­ning the AG Free­man Medal.

Adri­ana was first in Drama, re­ceiv­ing the Waikato Grad­u­ate Women’s Char­i­ta­ble Trust Award, first in English, re­ceiv­ing the Cath Parr Cup and first in Art Paint­ing.

Adri­ana is head­ing to Welling­ton to start her Bach­e­lor of Science de­gree in 2019, with a dou­ble ma­jor in Psy­chol­ogy and Theatre. She is aim­ing for a ca­reer ei­ther as a stage per­former or clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist — or both.

Adri­ana says she has had a pas­sion for stage since she was young, per­form­ing in school plays at Pukea­tua Pri­mary School and then at high school as part of Stage Chal­lenge, the Sheilah Winn Shake­speare Com­pe­ti­tion, in the cast of the school’s pro­duc­tion of Grease and then as a lead in this year’s pro­duc­tion Rock of Ages. Adri­ana was also a model for a se­nior stu­dent’s thought­pro­vok­ing pho­tog­ra­phy board.

She says she has en­joyed ev­ery­thing Te Awa­mutu Col­lege has to of­fer.

“The school has a bril­liant at­mos­phere,” she says.

Adri­ana is look­ing for­ward to the next stage of her life, but says it isn’t quite real that she has fin­ished high school yet.

She is still work­ing to do the best at her end of year ex­ams, which started this week. Adri­ana says be­ing named Dux was a com­bi­na­tion of abil­ity, prepa­ra­tion and hard work.

“It isn’t easy. There are a lot of tal­ented kids at Te Awa­mutu Col­lege.”

Prin­ci­pal Tony Mem­bery summed up Adri­ana’s con­tri­bu­tion to Te Awa­mutu Col­lege thank­ing her for all she had given to the school.

“Adri­ana is seen as gifted and tal­ented, but also en­thu­si­as­tic, re­source­ful, hard­work­ing, ded­i­cated and kind. Not bad at­tributes to have.”

Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­sity recog­nised her at­tributes, award­ing her its Tangi­wai Schol­ar­ship for Ex­cel­lence, val­ued at $5000.

As well as gen­eral Ex­cel­lence and Dux awards, Adri­ana was pre­sented with the RSA Peace Schol­ar­ship for girls for con­tri­bu­tion, ser­vice and lead­er­ship.

Mr Mem­bery said Adri­ana had proven to be a fine head stu­dent, wear­ing her uni­form with pride and was a great role model to her peers and an am­bas­sador for the Col­lege.

On top of her the­atri­cal and aca­demic as­pi­ra­tions, Adri­ana helped plan for and run as­sem­blies, spoke elo­quently at An­zac Day ser­vices, was co-pre­sen­ter at the Waipa¯ Dis­trict Youth Awards, co-judged the Year 8 Speech Fi­nals at Te Awa­mutu In­ter­me­di­ate and was a guest speaker at Te Awa­mutu Ro­tary Club.

Adri­ana and the other head stu­dents put a lot of time and ef­fort into plan­ning the school’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the 2018 Bat­tle of Waipa¯ Sports and Cul­tural Tour­na­ment and de­signed the 2018 Leavers’ Gar­ment.

She was a ded­i­cated mem­ber of the Ball, Year 13 Camp and Health Com­mit­tees and a mem­ber of the Se­nior Girls Vol­ley­ball team.

Not bad at all.

Photo / Dean Tay­lor

Among a host of awards, Adri­ana Vas­inca re­ceived the ma­jor awards at Te Awa­mutu Col­lege 2018 prize­giv­ing — AG Free­man Medal for Dux Lit­ter­arum and Gen­eral Ex­cel­lence Cup. Prin­ci­pal Tony Mem­bery thanked Adri­ana for ev­ery­thing she had given Te Awa­mutu Col­lege over five years.

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