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Jonathan has fully embraced life at Marlborough Boys College.
Jess Somerville, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

Service to school and community was recognised tonight through the Trustpower Marlborough Youth Community Spirit Award, where Jonathan Cash from Marlborough Boys’ College has been named as the winner of the award. 


The Award is jointly run by Trustpower and the Marlborough District Council and local high schools were asked to recommend one student to be considered for the Award. Finalists for this Award Tamsin Woolf from Queen Charlotte College and Rosie Argyle from Marlborough Girls College. 


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 been a good ambassador for the school and the Marlborough region.


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.


“Jonathan has fully embraced life at Marlborough Boys College as a member of the School Council for the past four years, he is the President of the Leo’s Club which helps the community with street clean ups and fundraisers, he is a volleyball referee, a SADD Committee member and a college prefect. Whatever lands on his plate this young man finds the time to rise to the challenge and make a difference, while still meeting other commitments.


“At his school he has also given tremendous service to the college as a technician behind the scenes with lighting and sound, with fundraising for causes as varied as the Christchurch earthquakes to the 40 Hour Famine, he is the Enviro Council President and he is part of the pastoral team working with year nines to help them develop confidence and interpersonal skills. His efforts also meant he was lucky enough to be selected to represent the region in the Sir Peter Blake Youth Enviroleaders Forum.


“Out in the community he is a member of the Marlborough Youth Council and he is the Youth Advisor to the Marlborough Youth Trust. In these roles he has been very active in promoting and expressing youth opinion and helping to run events too. On top of this he has worked with the Untouched World Trust on Bluemine Island to protect the fauna and flora on the island and to eradicate pests”, says Miss Somerville.


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


The Trustpower Youth Community Spirit Award will be presented at the Trustpower Marlborough Community Awards, being held at the Marlborough Civic Theatre tonight on Tuesday 28 March.