Stu­dents on right track


Three of the city’s young peo­ple have got their back-to-school on the right tracks.

Cather­ine Orr, Ja­cob Smith and Juan Sul­li­van start high school this week hav­ing been awarded the Es­planade Scenic Rail­way’s in­au­gu­ral com­mu­nity schol­ar­ship.

Each was se­lected by their in­ter­me­di­ate school to re­ceive the $300 award for demon­strat­ing ex­cep­tional ser­vice to their school, com­mu­nity and city.

The rail­way’s Grant Tay­lor says the schol­ar­ships are part of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s com­mu­nity fo­cus, with the money avail­able to be used for books, uni­forms or other study pur­poses.

Cather­ine Orr, from Palmer­ston North In­ter­me­di­ate Nor­mal, was a school coun­cil­lor, a li­brar­ian, set up and ran school dis­cos and added the school’s Star Cit­i­zen­ship award to her Blue Badge award. As well as be­ing a school role model, Cather­ine has com­pleted vol­un­tary work for Te Aroha Noa, the food bank, col­lected funds for the chil­dren’s ward at the hos­pi­tal, and de­liv­ered gifts and flow­ers to rest homes.

She en­joys th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties ‘‘know­ing that it makes other peo­ple happy. It feels good help­ing other peo­ple’’.

Juan Sul­li­van from Mon­rad In­ter­me­di­ate is about to start at QEC. A mem­ber of St John’s Palmer­ston North Youth Divi­sion, Juan is work­ing to­wards his Grand Prior, which is the top badge earned by youth in New Zealand.

He also helps out with the Divi­sion’s Pen­guins cadets group, aged 6-8 years.

Head­ing for Boys’ High, Ross In­ter­me­di­ate school coun­cil­lor, Re­fresh team leader and house cap­tain, Ja­cob Smith has or­gan­ised mufti days and school events, but also bus­ies him­self in the wider com­mu­nity. Ja­cob worked back­stage for the Rus­sell Street School pro­duc­tion, has helped out at its One Day School for gifted stu­dents, and also con­trib­uted to run­ning the tech­ni­cal equip­ment for Park­land School’s grad­u­a­tion.

The schol­ar­ship pre­sen­ta­tion caps off a stel­lar year for the iconic Scenic Rail­way. Supreme win­ner of the 2015 Trust­power Palmer­ston North Com­mu­nity Awards, it opened its new en­gine work­shop in Septem­ber, while 2015 pa­tron­age was up 23 per cent on 2014 with some 67,000 pas­sen­gers.

The in­au­gu­ral three $300 Es­planade Rail­way Schol­ar­ships for in­ter­me­di­ate pupils were pre­sented last week. Re­cip­i­ents, from left, Juan Sul­li­van, Cather­ine Orr and Ja­cob Smith are all start­ing high school this term. Photo: WAR­WICK SMITH

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