Congratulations to the following students who received Rotary Young Achievers Awards last week.
Ryan Watkins is a talented pupil who displays a high degree of determination to achieve his goals. Ryan has achieved considerable success in the academic, sporting and cultural fields.
He has a flair for Mathematics and received High Distinction in the 2013 ICAS Mathematics competition and this year he received a Distinction. Ryan has also participated in the Otago Problem Solving Challenge, and represented St Peter’s in the SMAC Maths team.
In the 2014 ICAS Science paper, he attained a Distinction. He has also been selected for extension courses for Gifted and Talented in the fields of maths, science and writing.
An outstanding student, he received prizes for Visual Arts, Maths, English, Science, Physical Education and Diligence last year as well as receiving the honour of Top Scholar.
Ryan is a Southland representative in tennis, hockey and football. He plays for the Citizens’ Tennis club and was part of the Southland team for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Ryan was the winner of the Eastern Southland Primary School Tennis Championship for the last two years.
He played football for Eastern Southland and was named Most Valued Player in 2013 during the tournament in Ashburton and was awarded the Golden Boot Trophy for Junior Wanderers.
Ryan excels at athletics, placing second overall in consecutive years for St Peter’s College U12 and U13 Boys’ Athletics. He has competed at Eastern Athletics for St Peters’ twice and this year made it through to the Southland competition. Ryan also plays hockey and was selected for the tournament team that went to Hamilton last year.
Ryan was highly commended for Poetry in our Cultural festival last year. He has represented St Peter’s in the year 8 debating team.
Ryan is respected by his peers and was chosen by staff and pupils to attend the Halogen Young Leaders’ Day in Dunedin earlier this year. He has demonstrated a remarkable ability to succeed across a wide range of subjects and activities, and deserves to be highly commended for his efforts.
Grace Turipa is an active member of the St Peter’s community and uses her talents in many areas inside and outside of school. Grace was selected by her peers and teachers to attend the Halogen Young Leader’s day in May this year, and previously in 2013, she was the school representative for the Southland Leaders Course.
Grace is focussed on her studies, receiving a Diligence award and class prizes in 2013 for Religious Studies and Social Studies
Grace could be described as a triple threat actor; she sings, acts and also dances. She attends Jade School of Hip Hop and performed in “The Wiz” Production.
Grace has auditioned and won rolls in the Gore Operatic productions of the “Best of Broadway” and “Peter Pan”. In the recent St Peter’s Junior School production, “Fairy Tales”, Grace was chosen to play the role of Beauty which she did with poise and confidence. In the St Peter’s Cultural Festival of Eisteddfod, Grace won two events, Junior Singing and Scripture.
He tauira e whakatu i tona maoritanga. (She is a student who upholds her Maori culture.) Grace is a valued member of the College’s Kapa Haka team. This year she was chosen to speak at a hui held for St Peter’s Maori students.
Grace also plays netball as wing defence for the Year 8 White St Peters’ team.
Grace is an outstanding Young Achiever and her performing talents enhance the culture of the whole school.
Maggie Nicholson has achieved considerable success in both the sporting and cultural fields. During her first two years at St Peter’s Maggie has showcased her talents by participating in running, cricket, tennis, basketball and netball.
In 2013 Maggie won the Eastern Cross Country and placed fifth at the Southland Competition. She placed third in the 1500m South Island Colgate Games. This year she won the 800m and 1500m races at the Eastern Southern Athletics Competition. She won the 10 to 12 year old section of the Wanaka Challenge triathlon, swimming a 100m, followed by a 3Km bike ride and finally a 1km run.
Further sporting successes include being awarded the most valuable player for St Peter’s netball Year 8 White team. Maggie plays in the Citizens Tennis Intermediate grade and plays for the Eastern Southland Rep Basketball U 13 team.
Maggie auditioned and won roles for the Gore Operatic Society’s” Best of Broadway” and “Peter Pan” productions. In the St Peter’s Junior School Production of “Fairy Tales”, Maggie was a graceful and sweet voiced Snow White.
Maggie is a keen jazz dancer and passed her grade 5 Jazz examination with Honours. She attends the Jade School of Dance Hip Hop and received a Special Merit in her examination this year. Maggie performed in the Wizard of Oz dance show.
In the St Peter’s Eisteddfod Maggie was placed first for her duet and was second in solo singing. Her talents were further applauded by her being awarded two special prizes for Most Promising Vocal Performer and For Excellence in Choreography.
Maggie is a multi-talented student who is a valued member of the St Peter’s College community.