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Melissa is the head girl at Wanganui Girls’ College, a job that sees her running the weekly assembly, leading the prefect team and student council, organising the senior ball and representing the school at various events.
Suzi Luff, Trustpower Community Relations Coordinator.

The Award was presented at the Trustpower Energy Direct Whanganui District Community Awards on Monday 18th November at the War Memorial Hall in Wanganui. 

Run in conjunction with the Trustpower Energy Direct Whanganui 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, Energy Direct and the Wanganui 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 Whanganui region. 

Runner up of the Award was Monty Blackwood of Wanganui Collegiate School. 

Trustpower Community Relations Coordinator Suzi Luff says Melissa is a talented young lady who has the natural instinct to give her time, talents and experience freely. 

“Melissa is the head girl at Wanganui Girls’ College, a job that sees her running the weekly assembly, leading the prefect team and student council, organising the senior ball and representing the school at various events. Melissa also leaves her school with an important legacy, as this year she also started and promoted an anti-bullying campaign. 

At her school Melissa has led the last two Stage Challenge productions, which saw her dedicate big hours to both perfecting her performance but also as a key motivator supporting and encouraging her peers. 

When she is not organising lunchtime activities, campaigning to eliminate bullying or representing her school as their head girl, Melissa is busy within her community too. Melissa is the secretary for the Wanganui District Hunters and Stalkers Club and she is a competitive sportswoman; she’s part of the Wanganui Swimming Squad and she has both her instructors and examiners Life Saving qualifications. She coaches this sport both in and out of school and dedicates big hours to patrolling local beaches during the summer with the Wanganui Surf Lifesaving Club. 

She’s aiming to attend Whitireia Community Polytechnic and aspires to become a paramedic and one day join a rescue chopper team,” says Suzi. 

For winning the Award, Melissa will receive a trophy, framed certificate and $250 prize money. She also gets to make a $250 donation to a community group of her choice. She chose Wanganui Surf Life Saving Club.