Teens’ suc­cess saluted

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Three Waikato stu­dents have been recog­nised for their achieve­ments at the Graeme Din­gle Foun­da­tion 2018 Ex­cel­lence Awards.

It was an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate more than 27,000 stu­dents, their men­tors, lead­ers and vol­un­teers across the coun­try who have been in­volved in the foun­da­tion’s var­i­ous youth de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes, in­clud­ing Kiwi Can, Stars, Ca­reer Nav­i­ga­tor, Project K and MYND — over the pre­vi­ous 12 months.

An awards evening in Auck­land cel­e­brated the achieve­ments of the young peo­ple, many of whom have bounced back from hard­ship and con­quered chal­lenges to chart a pos­i­tive course through life.

Fair­field Col­lege stu­dent Rea Toma, 17, and Nga¯ ru­awa¯ hia High School stu­dent Char­lie Ryan, 16, were awarded Ca­reer Nav­i­ga­tor Ex­cel­lence Awards for show­ing out­stand­ing progress and com­mit­ment to the pro­gramme.

Ca­reer Nav­i­ga­tor is one of the Foun­da­tion’s five pro­grammes de­signed to pre­pare 15 to 18 year olds for work. It aims to pro­vide young peo­ple with prac­ti­cal skills, in­for­ma­tion and con­fi­dence they need to make in­formed de­ci­sion about their fu­tures.

“The Ca­reer Nav­i­ga­tor pro­gramme al­lowed us to have real in­sight into the work­place, and I’ve learnt that any­thing is pos­si­ble, as long as you make it hap­pen. Although there’s been a lot of self-doubt and set­backs though high school, these chal­lenges have helped me de­velop my re­silience and strength. Thanks to the pro­gramme, I’m con­fi­dent that I will firmly grasp my op­por­tu­ni­ties and tackle what­ever ob­sta­cle that comes next,” Rea says. Ca­reer Nav­i­ga­tor pro­gramme co­or­di­na­tor Vic­to­ria Tsoy says Char­lie has proved a highly mo­ti­vated, hard­work­ing and driven young per­son with ex­cep­tional lead­er­ship skills.

“She cares deeply about her school and com­mu­nity and is will­ing to ded­i­cate her en­ergy into re­solv­ing so­cial and eco­nomic is­sues that ex­ist in her school and the Nga¯ ru­awahia com­mu­nity. Char­lie is an in­spir­ing ex­am­ple for the next Ca­reer Nav­i­ga­tor co­hort at her school, show­ing how pos­i­tive at­ti­tude, good work ethic, and ded­i­ca­tion can take you a long way.”

Also hon­oured was Toko­roa High School stu­dent Hawea Solomon, who was awarded a Stars Ex­cel­lence Award for demon­strat­ing strong lead­er­ship and be­ing a pos­i­tive role-model at school.

The Stars pro­gramme has Year 9s men­tored by older stu­dents (16-18 year olds) to help with their tran­si­tion to se­condary school. Dur­ing the tran­si­tion, the pro­gramme aims to cre­ate a em­pow­er­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for Year 9s that cre­ates en­gage­ment, in­creased aca­demic achieve­ments and builds a strong sense of com­mu­nity in the school.

Photo / Sylvie Whin­ray

From Left: Char­lie Ryan, Ngaru­awahia High School; Rea Toma, Fair­field Col­lege, and Hawea Solomon, Toko­roa High School, who all re­ceived Ex­cel­lence Awards.

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