Six Southland secondary school pupils were among 55 who were acknowledged at the Otago Daily Times Class Act 2018 awards ceremony last week.
The awards celebrated the cultural, academic and sporting achievements of secondary school pupils from 29 Otago schools.
The Southland award recipients were Blue Mountain College pupils Luci Butler (18) and Grace Richardson (17), St Peter’s College pupils Sian Hutchins (17) and Katie Reed (18), and Gore High School pupils Danielle Tripp (17) and Laura Smith (18).
awarded the University of Otago’s Leaders of Tomorrow scholarship.
The scholarship offered $6000 towards living costs while pupils studied at university.
Luci said the Class Act was an amazing surprise which she was grateful to receive.
“It’s such a prestigious award and I feel so privileged to have been given the opportunity,” Luci said.
“Being able to be rewarded for the things I love to do was something very special.”
Fellow Blue Mountain College pupil Grace said receiving the Class Act award was an amazing honour.
“To see myself between all of those stellar students that had also been chosen, it made all my hard work feel worth it,” Grace said.
St Peter’s College pupil Katie said it was an honour to receive the award which she said was mainly for playing netball.
“I’ve been playing netball ever since I was at Riversdale [Primary School], then I was playing rep netball for Eastern Southland and then this year Invercargill under-19s,” Katie said.
St Peter’s College pupil Sian said there was a nice atmosphere at the event with so many people who had achieved so much, and it was good to celebrate with other people.
“I thought [Prime Minister] Jacinda [Ardern] spoke really well. She spoke about confidence in teenagers and how confidence has a huge influence on what we can achieve.”
Sian said her achievements were mainly academic.
“I’ve been top scholar for year 11 and 12 and [received] excellence endorsement for NCEA level one, two and three.”
This is the 19th year the Otago Daily Times Class Act programme has run.