It is clear Luke has a strong sense of social justice and that he’s happy to give to the community and not expect anything in return. He develops good relationships by being himself, an honest young man who inherently looks for the best in people.
Run in conjunction with the TrustPower Grey District Community Awards, the TrustPower Youth Community Spirit Award recognises secondary school students’ service to the school and the community. The Award is jointly run by TrustPower and the Grey District Council.
Local high schools were asked to recommend one student to be considered for the Award. The Runner-up recipient for this award was Boyd Becker from Greymouth High School.
To be considered for the TrustPower Youth Community Spirit Award students had to have given service to school or community projects, treated others with care and respect and been a good ambassador for the school and the Grey District.
TrustPower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville says Luke has dedicated a huge amount of his time and energy to a variety of projects both at school and in the community.
“Throughout his years at John Paul II High School Luke has excelled in a variety of sporting codes including swimming and weight lifting - which he has taken to South Island representative level. Despite these commitments Luke is a dedicated rugby coach and referee and he is a regular face at school charity fundraisers. Luke’s calm leadership also sees him assist at his school as a trained senior mediator where he often deals with incidents involving year 9 and 10 students,” says Miss Somerville.
“Out in the community Luke is a committee member and life saver at the local volunteer coast guard and life saving club. This commitment has seen him assist at many Search and Rescue missions and after two years of service he has recently received his Operational Crewperson Certificate in Coastguard.
“While this is just a snapshot of Lukes achievements it is clear Luke has a strong sense of social justice and that he’s happy to give to the community and not expect anything in return. He develops good relationships by being himself, an honest young man who inherently looks for the best in people,” she says.
Luke plans to pursue a career with the Royal New Zealand Navy as a Marine Engineering Officer.
For winning the Award, Luke will receive a framed certificate and $500 prize money, with $250 going to Luke personally and $250 being given to a community group of his choice.
Luke chose to donate the $250 to the Coast Guard as he thinks the work they do is hugely important.