4 March 2019
Nominations open today for the 2019 Waipa District Council Youth Awards, which celebrate young people who've achieved outstanding results.
Now in their 17th year, the awards recognise achievements in academic, community service, leadership, sporting and arts and culture categories. They are open to youth aged 14-18 years who live, or have attended school in Waipā for at least six months of the 2018 academic year.
Mayor Jim Mylchreest said Waipā has a long standing history of very successful young people, ranging from sporting to leadership and everything in between.
"These awards provide a great opportunity to celebrate the huge number of exceptional young people, who do so much for their schools and the wider community.
"The benefits of winning a youth award include improving future scholarship and academic opportunities and receiving cash prizes or services in-kind, such as additional coaching in the sport category," Mylchreest said.
The ceremony is hosted by head students of Te Awamutu College, Cambridge High School and St Peter's School Cambridge. Last year saw a total of 94 nominations received, with 74 awards given.
The awards would not be possible without the support of a number of local organisations and businesses including Rotary, Cambridge Lions, Cambridge Business Networking International, CMYK, Construction Advantage Limited and Storey Sport.
Nominations close on Friday 12 April. Nomination forms are available from secondary schools, Council offices, libraries and at waipadc.govt.nz/youthawards.