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Latham’s pride in his school and community and sincere interest in student voice has seen him represent his peers on the student council since and elected as student representative on the Board of Trustees. He has also played an important role in organising whanau competitions, community collections, school events and he is a keen and enthusiastic supporter of the arts.
Jess Somerville, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

Run in conjunction with the TrustPower Westland 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 Westland 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 Caitlin Goodall from South Westland Area 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 Westland. 

TrustPower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville says Latham is a busy, talented and high-achieving all-rounder who has embraced school life at Westland High School wholeheartedly. 

“Latham’s pride in his school and community and sincere interest in student voice has seen him represent his peers on the student council since and elected as student representative on the Board of Trustees. He has also played an important role in organising whanau competitions, community collections, school events and he is a keen and enthusiastic supporter of the arts,” says Miss Somerville.

“These wide and varied commitments has seen him out in the community representing his school at many occasions including Anzac day, interschool events, 40 hour famine campouts and he has been a proud member of the 4th Westland Brigade since age 11. His aptitude for theatre has also seen him volunteering in many capacities,” she says. 

It’s clear that Latham is a person who gets things done, and he has taken on many leadership roles using his natural ability to inspire and organise others to achieve their common goals. He certainly has a bright future ahead,” she says. 

For winning the Award, Latham will receive a framed certificate and $500 prize money, with $250 going to Latham personally and $250 being given to a community group of his choice. 

Latham chose to donate the $250 to the 4th Westland Boys Brigade.