Wakatipu High’s star students get rewarded


Some of Wakatipu High’s best and brightest senior students have been acknowledged with major scholarships.

The scholarships, from a range of sources and up to $5000 per student, have been awarded for academic achievement.

The Youthmark of Southland awards for top all-round students are: Andrew Benington, Andrew Cavallari, Caitlin Jack, Caitlin Laurenson, Felix Moutakki and Jonty Norton.

Central Lakes Trust scholarships, worth $2000 each, are based on academic success, community involvement and work ethic and they go to: Andrew Benington, Conor Dolman, Tom Gray, Caitlin Jack, Caitlin Laurenson, Grace Lindsay, Felix Moutakki, Jessica Read, Ella Shirley and William Wallace-Blakely.

Community Trust of Southland scholarships, worth $3170 for tertiary education go to: Andres Cavallari, Johann Kissick, Ryan McQuaig, Jessica Read and Ella Shirley.

Massey University scholarships for excellence, worth $3000, were awarded to Jessica Read and Caitlin Jack.
Victoria University scholarships for excellence, worth $5000, go to: Conor Dolman, Jessica Read, Tomika Terry, Georgia Wales, William Wallace-Blakely and Emma Woodward. University scholarships are awarded if selected students attend the university.

The Mana Pounamu award for Maori students went to Tomika Terry and junior student Victoria Boult.

Model United Nations Association delegate Felix Moutakki was also selected to attend the International Conference in the Hague.

Principal Steve Hall congratulates the pupils and thanks the organisations that offer the scholarships.

“I think it’s absolutely amazing. Lots of our seniors do so many things – arts, sport, culture – yet they’re achieving at a really high level academically,” he says.

The scholarship announcements come ahead of the school’s prestigious annual Blues Awards ceremony, held this Friday night. Blues awards are given for sporting and cultural success.