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The judges were impressed with Katie’s high energy approach to life, strong sense of community and sincere desire to give back.
Jess Somerville, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

The Award was presented at the TrustPower Nelson Tasman District Community Awards held on Monday 29 July at Seifrieds Estate and Winery at 6:00pm. 

Run in conjunction with the TrustPower Nelson Tasman 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, the Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council. 

Local high schools were asked to recommend one student to be considered for the Award. The finalists for this Award are Zak Gibbs from Golden Bay High School, Sophie Harrison from Motueka High School, Patrick Savill from Nayland College, Charles Norton Nelson College for Boys, Zachery Penman from Murchison area School and Moorea Smithline from Nelson College for Girls.

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 Nelson Tasman region. 

TrustPower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville says Katie aspires to make positive changes in her school, community and further afield and her commitment to this vision is nothing short of inspirational. 

“At Waimea College this talented young lady has organised a number of events that have contributed to this school’s colourful, supportive and inclusive culture including her impressive coordination of her schools $6400 fundraising effort for the 40 Hour Famine. Katie’s coordination and costume making for the 2012 Lip Sync Challenge and Valentine’s Day and Easter events are a big contribution too. 

“Out in the community Katie helps out at the crèche at Hope Community Church, has volunteered at a Rest Home since year 8 and she fundraises for a number of local community groups and St John.

“The judges were impressed with Katie’s high energy approach to life, strong sense of community and sincere desire to give back. 

“It’s a special kind of person who chooses to gift so much of their time to helping others and Katie certainly one of these people,” says Miss Somerville.

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

The TrustPower Youth Community Spirit Award will be presented at the TrustPower Nelson Tasman Community Awards, being held tonight on Monday 29 July.