The Council’s 2020 Horowhenua Youth Excellence Scholarships were presented to 12 young people.
These acknowledge excellence in academic subjects, arts and culture, community service, and sport, by young people aged between 12 and 24.
The $250 scholarships primarily acknowledge excellence, but also provide a small financial contribution and encourage local young people to strive to achieve their goals and dreams.
Horowhenua Youth Excellence Scholarships recipients:
Renee Smith - Academia
Renee has been a student at Horowhenua College for the last five years and over this time has shown herself to be an excellent scholar with a very good work ethic. In 2020 Renee completed a very successful year as Deputy Head Girl where she displayed excellent leadership skills.
Renee is a high academic achiever and is on track to achieve NCEA Level 3 with excellence endorsement. Previously in 2019 she also gained her NCEA Level 2 with excellence endorsement and at the same time gained three merit course endorsements and one excellence endorsement.
In her senior years, Renee has focused on the sciences and has become very proficient in biology, physics and chemistry. Renee’s science talents were recognised when she was chosen to represent Horowhenua College at the Otago University Advanced School Sciences Academy. Renee was also chosen as a participant at the Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka Young Science Leaders event.
Renee is an active member of the Student Volunteer Army having logged 76 hours of service. She has collected for Heart Foundation, Daffodil Day and local Foodbanks.
Renee is planning to use her scholarship toward the costs of attending university.
Kate Nicholson - Academia
Kate Nicolson is a top scholar and a very motivated Year 13 student at Waiopehu College. She has enjoyed all that her college years have offered, always working hard to achieve outstanding results.
Kate’s academic ability has been recognised with Academic Dux awards in every year at college to date.
In 2018, Kate achieved NCEA Level 1 with an excellence endorsement earning subject endorsements in every class. In 2019 Kate achieved NCEA Level 2, again with an excellence endorsement. Although the 2020 NCEA results have not yet been published Kate has enough credits to qualify for a Level 3 Excellence Endorsement.
Kate has shown good leadership skills in serving as both the secretary and treasurer of the Waiopehu College Student Executive.
Kate has been involved in many co-curricular activities including netball, football, surfing and stage challenge. Kate is also a proficient piano player, having played since she was five years old. More recently she gained a distinction in Grade 2 Piano Music Theory and merit in Grade 1 Piano Music Performance.
Kate is planning to use her scholarship toward university accommodation costs.
Carter Maddock - Academia
Carter is a capable and conscientious student at Horowhenua College who works hard to achieve excellent results. Carter’s work ethic and motivation have seen her consistently achieve academic results to a very high standard.
Carter has achieved NCEA Level 1 & Level 2 endorsed with excellence. In 2019 she also achieved two courses endorsed with excellence, History and Social Studies, and two courses endorsed with merit - Mathematics and English. At the 2019 college prizegiving Carter was awarded first place for Level 2 English, and placed second for both Social Studies and History.
Carter was selected for the 2020 School Prefect team where she led the Social Action portfolio.
This year Carter was also nominated for an HDC Youth Excellence Award in Community Service. Carter has a very well developed community conscience, as shown with her voluntary service with a local foodbank, The Cancer Society, The Heart Foundation, Amnesty International and the Fill-a-Shoe Box Christmas project.
In 2020 Carter’s work as a volunteer student leader for the 40 hour Famine earnt her a World Vision Student Leadership Award and a Certificate of Recognition for Horowhenua College.
Carter is planning to use her scholarship toward the costs of attending Victoria University next year.
Ethan Roentgen - Academia
Ethan is a Year 13 Prefect at Horowhenua College who has won the Top Academic Scholar Award every year since his Year 9.
Ethan has shown himself to be an extraordinary academic scholar and high achieving student across all areas of school life.
Ethan has achieved NCEA Level 1 and Level 2 endorsed with excellence, earning 102 excellence credits across subjects in 2018 and 90 in 2019. There is no doubt that he will be extremely successful in NCEA Level 3 and University Entrance.
This year, in addition to sitting his NCEA Level 3 exams, Ethan has also entered five scholarship exams. His college Principal commented that this is a significant academic challenge and it is very rare to have a student with such exemplary academic talent.
Over the last 3 years Ethan has entered the International Education Perfect Academic Competitions winning several Emerald, Gold and Silver awards in several academic categories.
Ethan’s participation in these Global Education Perfect Competitions was not only to ascertain his own academic capabilities but to also test himself against other high achieving academic students internationally. In both of these competitions, Ethan has proven himself to be amongst the academic elite worldwide.
Ethan is planning to use his scholarship to help pay for tertiary education related costs.
Rawinia Lloyd - Academia
Rawinia Lloyd is a dedicated Year 13 student at Manawatu College with the drive and determination to achieve at the highest levels. Rawinia is motivated, very well organised and focussed on her goals.
In 2017 Rawinia was awarded junior dux and in subsequent years achieved NCEA Level 1 with merit and NCEA Level 2 with excellence. This year, Rawinia is also aiming for NCEA Level 3 with excellence.
At Manawatu College Rawinia adeptly held several leadership positions. In 2020 she was proudly elected as Deputy Head Student as well as undertaking roles as academic captain and student rep for the school Board of Trustees.
Rawinia has always been interested in trying new things and has enjoyed playing a wide range of school sports including volleyball, hockey, soccer, basketball and netball.
Rawinia has a very bright future ahead of her. She would like to continue to inspire and encourage other young Māori women to pursue educational pathways and gain academic success.
Rawinia is planning to use her scholarship towards accommodation or stationary costs in her first year of tertiary study.
Samuel Anderson - Sport
Sam is a keen sportsman who continuously excels at all sports he plays. In both 2018 and 2019 he won the esteemed Horowhenua College Top Sportsman Trophy.
Sam’s outstanding cricketing talent has seen him playing for the Horowhenua College First XI Cricket team since his Year 9 where in 2018 he was also awarded the captaincy. Sam has been selected for the Horowhenua/Kapiti Under 17 representative teams for the past 2 years where in 2019 he won the Horowhenua/Kapiti Emerging Talent Player award.
Sam has also shown great skill and ability when playing for the Horowhenua College First XI Hockey Team. As with cricket, he has been a member of this team since his Year 9 and was captain in the 2019 and 2020 seasons. He has also enjoyed considerable success with this team, winning the Manawatu second division competition in 2019.
Sam’s sporting endeavours have also extended to a passion for indoor bowls. He has developed these skills to an extremely high level gaining several titles in the lower North Island. He won selection to the Southern Zone Under 18 team where in 2017 he also secured the captaincy. Sam’s achievements were widely celebrated when he was placed second in the New Zealand Indoor Bowls Open Triples Championships in 2019.
Sam will use this scholarship toward sports fees at Otago University next year.
Jamie Harper - Community Service
Jamie Harper has completed five successful years at Horowhenua College where in his Year 13 he was a Social Action Prefect and proudly chosen as Horowhenua College’s head boy.
Jamie is a conscientious and very capable student where as well as academic success, he is also well known and respected for his service to the college and our wider community.
Jamie actively looks for opportunities to participate in acts of service volunteering for several charity organisations including the Heart Foundation, Cancer Society and Fill-a-Shoebox.
In 2020 Jamie was a student leader in the 40 Hour Famine and received an Outstanding Leadership Award from World Vision for his part in organising the event.
Jamie has well developed leadership capabilities where his peers voted him onto the College House Council and Student Council. Jamie was also selected for the Horowhenua Youth Voice working alongside the Horowhenua District Council.
In 2019 Jamie was proudly selected to be the National Party Youth MP for Otaki. In this role, Jamie worked closely with the local MP and participated in events that included speaking in the parliament debating chamber and discussing issues of local and national importance with government officials. This included members of parliament.
Jamie will attend Victoria University next year and is planning to use his scholarship towards the cost of his studies.
Tonga Ngaluafe - Community Service
Tonga Ngaluafe is a dedicated student and the 2020 Horowhenua College Head Girl. Tonga is an extraordinary young person with all-round abilities that also saw her nominated for a Horowhenua District Council Youth Excellence Award for sport.
Tonga is a passionate advocate for her Tongan Culture and is an active member of our Pasifika Fusion group. In 2019 and 2020 Tonga was elected as Pasifika leader for the group, this being a testament to her hours of encouragement, participation and support.
Although Tonga has been extremely busy with her own academic, sporting and cultural pursuits she is always active in community service. At Horowhenua College she has served as a Student Librarian and on the Student House Council. In the community she has worked for the Heart Foundation, Daffodil Day, Multiple Sclerosis and the Samoan Measles organisations. In 2018 Tonga worked hard to earn her Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.
In 2019 Tonga was the driving force behind the White Ribbon campaign and promotion in college. As a white Ribbon ambassador Tonga linked with the national presenters, organised transport, linked with college management and organised details and information for the school assembly.
In 2020 Tonga was elected into the prefect team of her college being awarded the Well-being Portofolio. During COVID-19 Tonga co-designed a well-being website that was extremely successful in providing a daily focus for students as a way of staying connected during a challenging time.
Tonga is intending to attend Otago University next year and is planning to use her scholarship towards the cost of her studies there.
Aaliyah Wicks - Arts & Culture
Aaliyah is a talented actress and visual performer who has performed in a range of drama and theatre productions since a very young age. She has a huge passion for the performing arts where she has dedicated much time and energy in developing her skills. Her performances have been enjoyed by a large number of audiences that have appreciated the great talent she possesses.
Her achievements over the years have been many and varied. Her involvement in a great number of local shows and productions have seen her assume roles that vary from back stage crew through to lead roles on stage. These include a
Lead roles in the Levin Performing Arts Society’s “Oliver” production as well as Horowhenua College’s “Hairpsray”. A Kaea role in one of her school’s kapa haka group as well as being part of part of a line band are also testimony to her wide range of skills and versatility in this space.
Formal recognition of her skills and talent have also been evident over the years with many school and college awards being achieved by her. “Most Promising Drama Student’, “ The Sarah McMillan Award for Most Improved Vocalist” and “The Trophy For Excellence in Performing Arts” are but a few examples of this.
Aaliyah has indicated a desire to continue to develop her skills in this area and would eventually like to study at Toi Whakaari in Wellington or the Broadcasting School in Christchurch. I am sure that both of these organisations will welcome her with open arms.
Aaliyah would like to use the scholarship to help pay for more acting classes.
Caroline Vehikite - Arts & Culture
Caroline is a very passionate advocate for her Pasifika culture. As she has progressed through her College years, she has also been a leading light in her college’s Pasifika group where she has ultimately evolved as the group’s leader.
The Pasifika group has been very active in the Regional Pasifika Fusion competition in recent years. Caroline has been very involved with this and as a senior student has led the group to many and varied achievements. The most prized award at Pasifika Fusion is the Cultural Performance trophy. In 2017 the Horowhenua College Pasifika Group won this trophy. In 2018 and 2019 the group was placed second.
Within the Pasifika Fusion competition there are also a range of individual awards given out. Caroline was awarded first in Choir in 2016, first in The Spiritual Award in 2017, first in Quiz in 2018 and second in Science in 2019.
Caroline also serves her community well in other areas. She has a regular
involvement in the Pasifika Celebration Day and quickly volunteers for public collections such as Heart Foundation, Daffodil Day, Multiple Sclerosis and Samoan Measles. Caroline also helps organise other local Pasifika community events where large numbers of our Pasifika community come together and celebrate their culture.
In 2020 Caroline was chosen to be a Prefect at Horowhenua College. A major responsibility of this position has been to support and develop cultural activities at her college where she has done outstandingly well. One of the significant initiatives that Caroline has been involved with developing is a Pasifika student mentoring and support group called He Vaka Moana. This was launched in July 2020 with members of our local Fale Pasifika and numerous parents in
attendance as well as members of the college Board of Trustees and staff. This was a very successful event and the support that this is providing Pasifika students at her college is significant.
Caroline would like to use the scholarship to help cover accommodation costs at university.
Lizzie MacDonald - Arts & Culture
Lizzie MacDonald is an exceptional dancer with big dreams. Lizzie started dancing in 2014 with the Kate Martin School of Dance following her dream of being a contemporary dance teacher.
Lizzie’s determination and commitment to dance has brought great success completing all of her dance exams with top marks and distinction. These include Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary Dance. Lizzie dances both codes in elite competitive performance troupes for more than 9 hours per week.
Over the last 2 years Lizzie has taken a leadership role at the dance school, offering her creative skills as a dance teacher and assistant dance teacher. Lizzie is responsible and well respected by her peers. She acts as a good role model and mentor to many preschool and junior dance students.
In addition to many hours of dancing and teaching Lizzie diligently helps in other areas of the dance school operations which include maintaining costumes, managing theatre sets and general cleaning.
In 2021 Lizzie is intending to study for a Te Aahua Performing Arts Diploma and a UNITEC Auckland Performance & Screen Arts Contemporary Dance Degree.
Lizzie plans to use the scholarship to either pay for her final ballet exam or to attend an audition at UNITECH in Auckland.
Rihara Norgrove-Rangihuna - Arts & Culture
From a young age Rihara has been passionate about te reo Maori, kapa haka, tikanga and kawa. He aspires to be a teacher of te reo Maori and has been an outstanding kaea in both his primary and intermediate school years, modelling exceptional leadership and talent.
Rihara has been working hard to upskill in all things Maori and now supports a group of students from across Levin who are involved with the Taiohi Kapa Haka group. He has also supported this by learning to play the guitar. Rihara volunteers his weekends for Kapa Haka Noho.
Rihara coaches and mentors young kaea in kapa haka, mau rākau, and te reo. He is a highly regarded within Muaūpoko Iwi and by Kaumatua Marokapa Williams. He has been given special privileges to speak on the pae multiple times at school and performed a wero at Kawiu Marae for the Intermediate school noho.
Rihara was awarded male kaea at the Horowhenua Te Ahurei festival.
In his last year at Levin Intermediate School Rihara was awarded the prestigious 'Tutangata' trophy for his outstanding effort and contribution.
Rihara’s former Principal offered the followed testament, “I cannot speak more highly of this young man, not only is he talented, he is humble, kind and thoughtful of others, he sees good in others and is aiming to give back to those who have supported him.”
Rihara plans to either save the scholarship for future educational pathways, to help buy a new guitar or to use it for noho related costs.