Students win awards for contributions

By Zaryd Wilson

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Rangitikei College students have scooped the inaugural Rangitikei Youth Awards.

Winners of the Rangitikei District Council-run awards were announced last week with the three individual and one group award all going to students from the Marton high school.

Ellen Carlyon claimed the Youth for Youth Award for a range of volunteer and environmental activities, including helping in orphanages in Nepal, attending the Sir Peter Blake Enviroleaders forum, helping set up a camera club at school and her involvement with the Tutaenui Stream restoration.

"I'm very proud to have won the award," she said. "It's very important for young people to get involved in their community, because they're the next leaders of the community."

Winona Folau was recognised with the Change Maker Award for her contribution to the Centennial Park 7-day makeover. She painted a mural at the skate park which reflected many cultures living in Marton, while encouraging other youth to come up with ideas.

Gillian Bowler won the leadership prize for her work co-ordinating the same 7-day makeover. "It just meant being there as much as I could and doing as much as I could and helping out others."

The youth group award went to Surf Lifesaving Rangitikei College. Made up of Rebekah Gribbon, Brian Brown-Sharpe, Caitlyn Thomsen, Mitchell Batley, Liam Tysoe, Cameron Batley and Emily Gribbon, the group help Palmerston North Surf Life Saving Club patrol Himitangi Beach during summer.

The Rangitikei-based lifeguards contributed 22 per cent of the 2484 patrol hours last summer and helped with 27 rescues or first aid incidents.

Rangitikei chief executive Ross McNeil said the winners were young people who had made "significant contributions in our communities".

Each winner received a share of $2000 cash.

- Wanganui Chronicle

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