2018 Recipients of Grants Totaling $ 36,000
Tamara ANDERSON (Sports – Tennis)
Tamara is a student who has achieved excellence in both her academic studies and in her chosen sport of tennis. Tamara has won NZ age group tennis titles and this year represented the Cook Islands in the Pacific Nations Cup. Despite a heavy playing and training schedule, Tamara has maintained high standards in her studies with her teachers commenting on her commitment to not let her sport prevent her achieving excellence in her studies. She has also played hockey for the school and is a young woman with a bright future. The grant would go towards travel and training costs.
Emily BAIN (Education)
Otago University. Excellence endorsed at Level 1 and 2 Promoted Te Reo Maori – teaching others/signage around school/planting trees. Important advocate and achievement as a young Maori student demonstrating leadership.
Johniel BOCACAO (Education)
Johniel was top academic student of his cohort for both Year 11 and 12. In the last two years he has qualified for the New Zealand Biology Olympiad (top 24 in New Zealand).
He has represented Tawa College in various regional and national competitions with both choral and barbershop groups. In service he has been a Prefect as well as the lead Designer of the school yearbook and male co-leader of the school’s choral programme. He plans on studying Software Engineering at the University of Wellington.
Izzy BREMNER (Education)
Izzy has excelled as in the context of the International Young Physicist Tournament where she has competed with great distinction and has represented New Zealand. Izzy has mentored younger students in the same context, coaching school teams, and is also regular volunteer in a range of contexts, not just science! She will use the grant for study expenses and to return to Johnsonville to continue as a volunteer for the Space and Science Festival.
Marama BUTLER (Education)
Marama has been an effective Deputy Head Girl at Tawa College in 2018. She has had leadership roles in Choirs, Barbershop Choruses and the String Orchestra. She was awarded best student conductor at the Regional Big Sing in 2018. Marama has a real service ethic and has achieved at a high academic level. Marama aims to study medicine at the University of Auckland.
Ruth Marie CARBAHUG (Education – Service)
Head Girl, NCEA Level 2 with Excellence, Massey Creative College – 2019. Service includes international buddy, peer support leaders, Science advocate (developed program for years 7-8 students to experience Science), Focolare community service. Varied service for five years – highly respected by peers.
Micah CONROY (Sports – Cricket)
Micah is in Year 12 at Tawa College. He is the current captain of the Tawa College Cricket 1st XI and has represented New Zealand in indoor cricket at Under 18 and Under 22 level. He captained the Under 18 Wellington Indoor Cricket team to a win in the national provincial competitions. As well as his involvement in cricket he is a key member of the Tawa College Senior A basketball team and the national award-winning Tawa College Barbershop Chorus, the Acafellas. In service, Micah spends considerable time coaching for junior players at the North City cricket club.
Joel CRAMPTON (Sports – Swimming)
Joel has been competing at a national level in Swimming for 7 years and has won numerous national titles and more than 30 Wellington records. He is a former Tawa College Sportsman of the Year and in December 2017 Joel won a silver medal at the Victorian State Championships in the 15 years 200 metre butterfly.
Aneesa DELPACHITRA (Education – Service)
Biological and Environmental Science study 2019. Seeking to use Science to combat environmental crisis. 40 Hour Famine organiser, peer support leader, created workshops for years 7-8 students to experience Science as fun. TedX contributor on sustainability. Zealandia ambassador and environmental club founder (at Newlands College). Leader in environmental awareness across our school.
Anya DONOHUE (Arts)
Anya has achieved at a high academic level. As a current Prefect and Form Mentor she has displayed significant leadership qualities. Anya has made an excellent contribution to dance both at Tawa College and in the wider community. Anya has participated in the Big Sing regional Competition and has been an active member of several student-led committees. Anya aims to undertake a Bachelor of Laws degree with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Political Science at Victoria University.
Ciara DONOHUE (Education – Arts)
Ciara has achieved at a high academic level. In her time at Tawa College. She has been an accomplished dancer who has been a student leader in Stage Challenge and within the dance programme of the College. Ciara is a Prefect and has been an active member of both Choral and Barbershop groups and has taken up key roles in several student committees. Ciara aims to study for a Bachelor of Arts at Victoria University majoring in Cultural Anthropology and Linguistics.
Hamish EDWARDS (Education – Sailing)
Hamish is a high achieving student who a keen sportsman, playing hockey for the college and in sailing, where he represents New Zealand in the international 420 class. Hamish is also passionate about becoming an environmental scientist and wants to study around the area of pest control and will use the grant to attend the Ecological society conference and for study costs.
Ella FLAVELL (Education – UN Tour)
Ella is an outstanding young woman who has contributed to a wide variety of activities both in the school and community. She is a very capable academic and has been a leader within the school. Of note was her selection as 1 of the 9 students from NZ who attended the United Nations Youth Pacific Project in 2107. Ella will use this grant to represent NZ in the UN Youth Global Development Tour.
Toby GUALTER (Sports)
Toby is a current Prefect at Tawa College and has excelled at sport at the school. He was selected as a non-travelling reserve for the New Zealand Secondary School Cross-Country team and has successfully competed for Tawa College and Wellington in numerous Cross-Country events. Toby is also an accomplished footballer and has represented the school first eleven for the last four years.
Emma HOGAN (Education)
Emma Hogan is an outstanding student, focusing on Mathematics and Sciences. She represented New Zealand at the University of Sydney’s Summer Science school. Emma’s aptitude for programming and App development has seen her develop tools for other students. Emma is also a talented clarinettist, leading the Onslow College Concert Band and playing in the Wellington Youth Sinfonietta, and was selected to play in the NZSS Symphony Orchestra. Emma will use this grant for study related expenses.
Elsa KEENE (Education)
Elsa is a superb student. She had had well deserved academic success with both Level 1 & 2 NCEA achieved with excellence endorsement. Elsa has also been a student mediator, tutor and peer support leader. Out of school, Elsa has volunteered for the Salvation Army at various activities. She is a very deserving recipient of an award.
Shaniah KELLY (Arts – Dance)
Shaniah has been involved with Highland dancing for 8 years She has competed at both a national and international level and has either won or placed highly in age-group events. At a recent international competition in Paris she was placed overall runner-up for 16-year olds and third overall for 16 years and over. For her lessons she must travel up to Marton every second weekend and she is currently studying toward qualifying to becoming an official Highland dancing teacher.
Libby LOCKHART (Education)
Study of law at Otago. Keen interest is sustainability. Peer mentor in Maths class helping juniors all year. NCEA Excellence at Level 2. Involved in sports/arts. Environmental volunteer (beach clean-up) Constant service throughout 5 years -all year in a class of year 9 students helping – great impact on students.
Rachael LOCKHART (Education – Leadership)
Rachael is a high achieving all-rounder. She is a Prefect at Tawa College in 2018 and has a real service ethic. In 2011 and again in 2013 she was awarded the Tawa Citizenship award and this service to others and leadership has continued throughout her time at College where she has served on numerous committees. Rachael was the Tawa College All-Rounder sportsperson of the year in 2017 and has had key leadership roles in Cricket and Netball. Rachael aims to study for a double major in Environmental Science and Ecology and Biodiversity at Victoria University.
Kim LOWE (Education)
Kimberly has been heavily involved with many school activities especially in the performing arts area. As well as this commitment, she has also maintained excellent academic standards and has impressed her teachers with her commitment. Kimberly is heading to university where we are confident she will continue to enjoy success. The grant money would go towards university costs.
Danielle MENDOZA (Education)
Massey University 2019. Purchase of Macbook Pro – design student. Developed lots of promotional material for school – Arts/Noscars/Production posters Application details background to specific financial need.
Claire MURRAY (Education Community)
Claire has been an effective Prefect and Form Mentor at Tawa College in 2018 and has been given numerous roles in clubs and committees ranging from Stage Challenge to the Yearbook and Formal Committees. Since her effective involvement with Girl Guides she has displayed service in the wider community such as Riding for the Disabled, SPCA and tree planting. She has been a leader of the Dance programme at Tawa College but also taken part in choral and barbershop competitions at a regional and national level. A very able academic student, Claire will be using this grant to assist with her tertiary fees and costs.
Jade PALMER (Education)
Jade’s passion for contribution has seen her develop into a fine student leader. She has been passionate about fund raising for less privileged girls and has represented the school in a variety of events. As well, Jade is the pre-eminent leader of the current Year 13 cohort organising and leading the End of Year functions for them over the past years. Jade is a high achieving student who will use the grant for study expenses as she aims to become a Clinical Psychologist.
Jenna ROLSTON-LARKING (Sports – Swimming)
Jenna has excelled in Swimming. In 2018 she was selected for the 2018/19 National Development Squad and invited to attend national butterfly training camp in March 2019. She was a finalist in the 200-metre butterfly at the NZ Open Championship finishing 5th, Jenna has set numerous records in butterfly at the NZ Age Group championships and the New Zealand and North Island Secondary School championships over recent years. Jenna has recently been selected for the New Zealand swimming team to compete at the Australian state team championships.
Amanda STONE (Education – Service)
Arts Degree in NZ Sign Language and German next year. Gareth Varley Trophy winner 2017 for overall achievement across sports/cultural/academic. NCEA Level 2 Excellence endorsed. Supportive buddy of LSC students for five years. Year 9 mentor. Sign Language learner and buddy. Has been a key connection for several our Learning Support Centre students and has a fabulous attitude to service.
Hui Ling VONG (Sports – Table Tennis)
Hui Ling is a very talented sportswoman represented NZ at the Youth Olympics in October this year in her chosen sport of table tennis. She will also represent NZ at the Table Tennis World Championships later in the year. Despite a heavy training schedule, Hui Ling has maintained high academic standards achieving excellence in her Level 1 NCEA. The grant money would help towards travel and training costs.