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St John is her real passion though, and she has been an active member since the age of 6.
Jess Somerville, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

The Trustpower Youth Community Spirit Award celebrates the work young people do to enrich their community and is open to all students who have given service to school or community projects, treated others with care and respect and are a good ambassador for the school and the Buller region. Local high schools were asked to nominate one student to be considered for the Award.

Trustpower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville says the Trustpower Youth Community Spirit Award is a great opportunity for a generous student with a big heart to be formally acknowledged and congratulated.

“At her school this busy young lady takes part in Kapa Haka and Mau Rakau, she has been a member of netball and basketball teams, has been involved in the school production each year and is this year a prefect. Passionate about student voice, Sofie has also been part of the Student Council since year 9.

“At the age of five she joined the family tradition of joining the Harriers so it’s no wonder she is a Cross Country champion. In 2008 she also took up another family favourite by joining the Fire Cadets.

“Her dedication to St John has led her to represent New Zealand in competitions and she was selected as Team Leader, out of 200 applicants, of the team which recently took out the international championships against 10 other countries. Now that Sofie is 18 instead of teaching younger cadets she has joined the volunteer ambulance team and has already done a few shifts.

“Whatever lands on her plate this young lady finds the time to rise to the challenge and make a difference, while still meeting other commitments. As a dedicated St John volunteer, student representative and humble, unassuming leader she is a very deserving winner”, says Miss Somerville.

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