Imo­gen gains achieve­ment award

Kapiti News - - News - Ros­alie Wil­lis

She may only be 12 years old but Para­pa­raumu Beach School stu­dent Imo­gen David­son is al­ready achiev­ing highly across a num­ber of ar­eas in­side and out­side of school.

Last week Imo­gen was recog­nised for her ef­forts re­ceiv­ing the school’s Board of Trus­tees Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment Award pre­sented by screen writer Nick Ward.

For about the last 16 years the school has been giv­ing out the award which recog­nises stu­dents who have achieved at a very high level, ei­ther in­side or out­side of school, sport­ing, aca­demic, cul­tural pur­suits and/or com­mu­nity ser­vice.

Boad of trus­tees staff rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cath Franks said, “This award is not given out ev­ery year, it is not just given to any­one. Ev­ery year the board asks for nom­i­na­tions but not ev­ery year there is some­one wor­thy of this award.”

Imo­gen re­ceived the award for her com­mit­ment and achieve­ment across a num­ber of ar­eas, and no­tably Guid­ing.

She has re­cently been awarded Guid­ing New Zealand’s Ao­raki Award which is the cul­mi­na­tion of three years work and the high­est award pos­si­ble as a Girl Guide Imo­gen has shown ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment along with achiev­ing to a high stan­dard in other in­ter­ests which in­clude hockey, drama, kapa haka, de­bat­ing, EPRO8 (En­gi­neer Prob­lem Solve and In­no­vate), cross-coun­try and has also been a stu­dent coun­sel­lor and was awarded the Speech Cup.

“This level of achieve­ment re­quires ex­tra­or­di­nary lev­els of com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion and Imo­gen is a well-de­served re­cip­i­ent of this year’s out­stand­ing achieve­ment award,” said a state­ment from the board of trus­tees.

“Para­pa­raumu Beach School was also par­tic­u­larly pleased to have New Zealand screen writer Nick Ward at the school to present Imo­gen with the award.”

With her par­ents and grand­dad in at­ten­dance, Imo­gen was pre­sented the award at a spe­cial assem­bly.

“I was not ex­pect­ing it, I was re­ally sur­prised,” she said.

Do­ing so many ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, Imo­gen said her favourite was Guid­ing be­cause of the dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties it in­volves along with her favourite sport, hockey.

At the assem­bly Nick, screen writer of Sec­ond-Hand Wed­ding, in­spired the stu­dents with his take-home mes­sage, “Don’t fol­low your dream, chase it.”

Nick talked about his big­gest fear as a young­ster — words.

Be­ing dyslexic, Nick was afraid of words.

Al­ways look­ing at pic­tures in books in­stead of read­ing them he would tell sto­ries through comic strips.

“I had to face the thing that scared me be­cause I wanted to tell sto­ries and to get there I had to get be­yond the things I was scared of.

Firstly fac­ing his fear of words, the next fear Nick had to face was leav­ing his com­fort­able, well pay­ing job in ad­ver­tis­ing.

De­cid­ing that work­ing for some­one else was not for him, he de­cided to chase his dream of be­ing a writer and work­ing in film and tele­vi­sion.

“I have now just got the big­gest break in my life, I’m now writ­ing a show for HBO.

“I faced my fears and chased my dreams and I hope you do chase your dreams like Imo­gen is chas­ing hers.”

PHOTO / ROS­ALIE WIL­LIS

Imo­gen David­son pre­sented with Para­pa­raumu Beach School’s Board of Trus­tees Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment Award by Nick Ward.

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