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Josh is a grounded, generous and motivated young man who has a remarkable ability to put his all into everything.
Jess Somerville, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

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

Local high schools were asked to recommend one student to be considered for the Award. The finalists for this Award are Gabby Mark from Marlborough Girls’ College and Robert Blankendaal from Rai Valley 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 Marlborough region. 

TrustPower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville says Josh is a grounded, generous and motivated young man who has a remarkable ability to put his all into everything. 

“From representing students views at Board of Trustees meetings as the student representative to co-leading the school Jazz band as the lead pianist Josh is heavily involved in all aspects of school life at Marlborough Boys’ College. 

“Passionate about student voice, he is this year’s Chair of the Student Council and been part of the group that progressed $20,000 worth of drinking fountains to be installed at their school. 

“On the sporting scene he has been a member of Marlborough’s High Performance Tennis Academy with representation and coaching over the past 4 years and on top of this completed his Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh. 

“This year he was also a lead member of the organising committee for the combined Colleges Formal, with the oversight of the $40,000 budget and he coordinated his schools World Vision fundraising team which gained more than $3000. 

“Out in the community Josh also assists with the technical elements for musical performances here at the Civic Theatre,” says Miss Somerville. 

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