Pupils recognised for community work

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Altrusa North Otago gave out two awards for promising year 13 pupils who were going on to further their study.

Mikaela Young, of Waitaki Girls’ High School, and Melanie Grasmueck of St Kevin’s College were the recipients of the Lynette Young Memorial Award and The Margaret Crombie Memorial Award.

Altrusa Communications Committee chairperson Helen Newlands said they were really pleased with the winners of the awards.

“They are both great girls and we couldn’t be happier with them winning.”

Mikaela carried many responsibilities throughout her 2014 year at WGHS, including being the student representative on the WGHS Board of Trustees, a member of the student council, while in the community she was president of the Waitaki District Schools Students’ Against Drunk Driving (SADD) and an active member of the Waitaki Youth Council.

Next year Mikaela is heading to Dunedin where she will study Occupational Therapy at Otago Polytechnic.

The award which Mikaela won had a fitting family link to it, with it named after her grandma Lynette Young.

Melanie Grasmueck was the winner of the Margaret Crombie award and like Mikaela is actively involved in the community.

She’s leader of Weston’s Main Street Youth, went to the Philippines in 2012 to do volunteer work, and will head there again this summer.

At school Melanie was secretary of the SKC Leo Club, has gained an Edinburgh Award and has a Queens Guild.

Next year she will head to Dunedin to study nursing at Otago Polytechnic.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY

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PLEASED: Mikaela Young, Altrusa president Nancy Allan, Melanie Grasmueck and Altrusa Vocational chairperson Robyn Moynihan at the tertiary awards presentation recently.