Class Act Awards 2014

Last Thursday afternoon the Prime Minister presented the Otago Daily Times Class Act Awards for ‘excellence’ to two students from each Otago secondary school in a ceremony at the Dunedin Art Gallery.

This year’s worthy Mount Aspiring College recipients are Eden Brown and Kasper Humphrey and I congratulate them on becoming our 29th and 30th ODT Class Act winners.

Eden has been acknowledged for his academic achievements and also for his service to the college.

Eden is currently studying NCEA Level 3 Media Studies, Economics, Enterprise, English and Statistics. He achieved NCEA Level 1 and 2 with Excellence and is well placed to gain Excellence at Level 3. He has a keen interest in politics and hopes to study a Commerce / Law / Political Science mix at university next year.

Eden has been a student representative on the Board of Trustees for two years and, during this time, has been instrumental in pushing for an increased student leadership presence within the college. He is a member of the college’s service and academic committee, is on the student leadership executive and was the driving force behind the recently introduced ’MACademics’ Homework Club. In addition, he was a youth member of parliament for Waitaki earlier this year, a speaker at the 2014 Anzac service and is also a rugby referee.

Eden is passionate about making a difference for the better of his fellow students and I thank him for his many contributions to the college.

Kasper has also excelled in the fields of academic achievement and service to the college.

A ‘quiet achiever’ in former years, Kasper has grown in self-confidence recently and has overcome shyness to seize the wealth of leadership opportunities offered at the college. Having said this, one of Kasper’s greatest strengths is his quiet ‘can do’ behind-the-scenes attitude. Things get done with efficiency and without a fuss when Kasper is around.

Kasper is currently studying Art Design, Economics, Enterprise, Media Studies and English. He has NCEA Level 1 and 2 with Excellence and every Level 3 internal assessment to date has been passed at Excellence level.

This year his service to the college has been unstinting, as chairman of the service and academic committee, member of the student executive and MAC production performer. In the wider community he has spoken at the 2014 Anzac Day Service, had an internship at The Edge radio station and has performed publicly in several poetry readings.

A bachelor of communications studies degree at Auckland University of Technology is Kasper’s goal with a view to joining the advertising world.

Judging by his time-management skills, his articulate speech and his attention to detail he is likely to succeed and we wish him well in his endeavours.

Kasper’s high standards have set a very high platform for future students to aspire to and for this we must thank him.

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