Achievement Awards 2008


Alexandra Louise Patchett

During Years 11 and 12 Alexandra achieved NCEA grades with Merit and has worked hard towards her credits for this year.

Alexandra has been involved in netball, being a member of the Drury Netball Club, Captain of Summer League Netball Team and named Player of the Year in 2006, and Most Valuable Player in 2007. She has been a member of the Senior School Premier Netball Team for 2008.

Alexandra has also been a member of Whakamaru Water Ski Club, done voluntary work for Lifesense Ltd, World Vision 40 hour Famine, a member of Senior School Ball Committee and Peer Support Member 2008.
She has been a hard working, honest and reliable student with good communication skills, a pleasant manner and a good team player and leader.

Alexandra wishes to pursue Tertiary Studies at AUT in the Area of Design.

Gary Hill

Gary is an outgoing person who is very hardworking and reliable. He can easily adapt to new ideas and can work effectively in a team. He achieved NCEA Level 1 with Merit and successfully completed NCEA Level 2. He was 1st in Economics and received a Class Award in Computing Level 2. Gary also received Certificates for High Achievement in English, Accounting, Computing and Economics Level 2, and Class Awards in Mathematics and Economics Level 1.

He enjoys music, dancing, playing sports, going for walks and bike riding.
Gary is looking to pursue a Tertiary qualification in a Bachelor of Commerce Degree at either Auckland University or AUT.


Elizabeth Lindsay

Elizabeth has been a very active member of Rosehill College, believing strongly in education as a pathway to a better bright future, both for herself and for the community.

Despite having experienced personal adversity, she has adopted a positive attitude within the college community, actively offering and providing advice to younger students and being an active and senior member in the College's Peer Sexuality Support Group.

She wishes to attend Otago University and obtain qualification to achieve her goal to become a secondary school teacher.
Her tremendous strength of character and love of education makes her a worthy recipient of an award.

Lee Clark

Lee has been at Rosehill College since the 3rd form and has been boarding with a Korean family for the past year, having learnt a lot from them during this time.

After graduating at Rosehill he is moving on to further study at AUT doing a BA in Exercise Science, and hopefully, even further towards postgraduate study – a doctoral degree is one of his ultimate goals. He has a dream to create a massive centre that promotes fitness for people of all ages.
After missing out on some credits last year and thinking of leaving school, he has been more determined this year to achieve and work towards his dream. He says it is simply a matter of applying ones self and putting in the effort to achieve.

Lee is going to study sport at AUT next year and the award will be a significant benefit to him financially.


Tara-Lyn Smith

Tara-Lyn is a 16 year old, vision impaired Year 12 student, of Maori descent who in her short time at Manurewa High has quickly established a sound rapport with staff and students. Last year she achieved her Level 1 NCEA with 86 credits and is keen to continue her studies in the field of Sports or Wellness Therapy at tertiary level next year.

A talented sportswoman, Tara-Lyn was nominated for Sportsperson of the Year at school last year after representing New Zealand in Judo in New Caledonia.

She has continued to compete in national and international Judo competitions, worked hard towards her Level 2 NCEA, and kept busy with extra curricular activities such as; helping care for disabled students at Homai School for the Blind, planting sapling trees along the bank of the Wiri Stream and supporting fellow students in a mentor role as a Student Ambassador.

Tara-Lyn has also been an active participant in co-curricular activities this year, being a member of the School Choir, Maori Club and competing in school Athletics . During the year she has completed work experience on the Gateway Programme in education at Homai Primary School where the Principal and staff greatly appreciated her assistance and ability.

Kauri Beguely

Kauri is 18 years old and in Year 13. He is a competent, sociable young man who is planning to continue his education at university next year. He is considering courses in either Media Design or Electrical/Computer Engineering. In his role as Deputy Head Boy Prefect, Kauri has led by example and supported the team's many extra duties such as; fundraising and organisation for the annual school ball, supporting staff in supervision duties and being a school ambassador at parent interviews.

Kauri is currently studying for NCEA Level Three in Art Design, English, Calculus, Physics and Physical Education. His strong academic ability is matched in his other interests. He is a keen musician who enjoys playing guitar, a skill that he used to support fundraising for the school Concert Band by performing solo in a musical showcase. His interest in practical activities is demonstrated in his athletic ability. This year he has coached Kiwi Sport, was selected to represent the school at the Counties Manukau Athletic Championships sport and went on a school ski trip.


Annie Nicholas

Throughout her five years at James Cook High School Annie has impressed as a diligent, highly motivated and capable student with excellent leadership skills. Her academic success has been endorsed by the achievement of Level 1 and Level 2 NCEA and she is on track towards achieving Level 3 NCEA by the end of this year. Her strength as a leader was confirmed by her being named as Deputy Head Girl at the start of 2008.

Annie gives full commitment to co-curricular activities, participating in all Inter-House activities, playing for a range of school sports teams and participating in the Indian and the Niuean cultural groups for the ASB Polyfest over the years. Within her community, Annie is also fully involved in the Niu Souls Youth Group at St Paul's Presbyterian Church.

Annie is a young woman with considerable potential and the attributes to succeed in all areas of her life. She intends to begin study for a bachelor of Nursing at the University of Auckland next year, and will have to fund her tertiary studies herself. The Inder Lynch Achievement Award will assist Annie to reach her goals.

Jared Liu

Jared Liu is a quiet achiever with a tenacious determination to do his best at all times. His outstanding NCEA level 1 results were gained through a diligent, focused approach and hard work..He is already near completion of Level 2 NCEA, with 50 level 2 credits achieved to date, 15 of which are at Merit or Excellence. His academic record placed him 3rd aggregate in Year 11, 2007 and he will sustain a high academic ranking this year for Year 12.

Jared is a talented musician with particular strength as a guitarist, in both solo and group performance. He was a member of the musical group selected to perform at the school's Senior Prize-giving ceremony in 2007. In both music studies and performance, as well as his other subjects, Jared is a team player, willingly assisting others and working with his classmates in a positive and friendly manner. In the recent "Enterprise New Zealand Trust Business Experience" Jared volunteered to be a group leader, and proved to be most competent at leading and motivating his group members towards success.

Jared intends to study for a Masters degree in business Administration at the completion of Year 13. Coming from a single-parent family, Jared's access to tertiary education will be greatly assisted by sources such as the Inder Lynch Achievement Award. He will value the opportunities provided by the scholarship to achieve at the highest levels.


Rosie Leilua

Rosie is a foundation student of Alfriston College who is an excellent all round role model. Last year she was awarded the top Pacific Scholar for academic achievement.

Rosie enjoys basketball and was in the Under 19 team and has been a Counties Manukau representative. Her academic record is sound and she has applied for study at Auckland University Elam School of fine Arts.

Cybros Tuli

Cybros is currently a Kaitoro Whanau Leader who has successfully co-led his Whanau. He is a foundation student of Alfriston College who is an excellent all round role model. Last year he was named Independent Learner of the Year after consistently demonstrating the qualities of an independent leader. His academic record is strong and he applied to AUT to complete a Bachelor of Finance with a view to working in banking. This year Cybros completed a Gateway placement with the National Bank which has resulted in part-time employment. Cybros is a youth leader in his Church and a World Vision sponsor.