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This talented young man plays the keyboard, trumpet and the flugelhorn! On top of this Ashish is also part of a band called “The Rusty Stallions” which placed well in the Marlborough Rock Quest as well as the local Brass Band which plays at events such the Waitangi celebrations and Anzac Parades.
Jess Somerville, Trustpower Community Relations Representative.

Run in conjunction with the TrustPower Buller Community Awards, the TrustPower Youth Community Award recognises secondary school students’ service to the school and the community. The Award is jointly run by TrustPower and the Buller District Council. 

 Local high schools were asked to recommend one student to be considered for the Award. 

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 Buller region. 

TrustPower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville says there are not many young people who are as musically gifted as Ashish. 

“This talented young man plays the keyboard, trumpet and the flugelhorn! On top of this Ashish is also part of a band called “The Rusty Stallions” which placed well in the Marlborough Rock Quest as well as the local Brass Band which plays at events such the Waitangi celebrations and Anzac Parades. But what’s particularly special about this impressive young man is that he chooses to share these talents, and others, with the community. 

“At Buller High School, as well as being a Prefect Ashish is a House Leader, Peer Support Leader and a key member of the school band. Ashish has also been part of the lighting and sound team for the past three years and he willingly gives up his time and weekends to assist with these technical requirements for productions, cultural nights, assemblies and for guest speakers. 

“Out in the community Ashish also gives up his time to do and sound and lighting for youth raves, community concerts and he is involved with the Buller REAP Youth Programme. 

“Whilst this is just a snapshot of all that Ashish does at his school and in the community it shows that he willingly goes the extra mile to help out behind the scenes at a number of events and projects as a musician, sound and lighting expert and caring young person,” says Miss Somerville. 

For winning the Award Ashish will receive a trophy, framed certificate and $500 prize money, with $250 being given to a community group or organisation of his choice.