Wild at Heart Spirit Awards

The Wild at Heart Spirit Awards are presented annually by Wellington Airport to a Year 13 student from each of the five local colleges. These awards recognise and celebrate students dedicated to making their communities better.

Successful recipients must demonstrate the following:

  • Contribute to their college during their time there
  • Develop good relationships
  • Treat others with respect and concern
  • Desire to give service to their school and/or community projects
  • good ambassadors for their college.
  • Winners receive a scholarship of $3000 towards furthering their education.

2016 Scholarship Recipients

  • Sohadi Yes - Rongotai College
  • Daniella Emer-Barbalich - St Catherine’s College
  • Nathan Lopa - St Patrick’s College
  • Peter McKenzie - Scots College
  • Millie Dow - Wellington East Girls’ College

Sohadi Yes - Rongotai College

Sohadi is a self-motivated Deputy Head Boy, Interact Club President and Student Representative on the Board of Trustees at Rongotai College. He has served as a Student Ambassador on the Young and Hungry Board and is an active member of the St John’s Youth Cadet Programme.

Daniella Emer-Barbalich - St Catherine’s College

Daniella is a dedicated Community Captain and member of the Shifters Service Group at St Catherine’s College. She is a Youth Leader and Events Coordinator with St John’s, a member of the Youth Emergency Training Scheme, and a youth leader at Thrive.

Nathan Lopa - St Patrick’s College

Nathan is a charismatic Deputy Head Boy at St Patrick’s College. He is a member of the Power Up Pasifika group and a youth spokesperson for Pasifika Education issues. A talented emcee, his public speaking and entertainment skills have been used for many school and community events.

Peter McKenzie - Scots College

Peter is a committed Head Boy at Scots College. He was captain of the New Zealand School Debating Team, MC for TedX Youth Wellington and was selected by Hon Annette King MP as her Youth MP for the Rongotai Electorate. Peter co-founded Active Citizenship Aotearoa, which aims to engage and educate youth in civics.

Mille Dow - Wellington East Girls’ College

Millie is an engaged student leader at Wellington East Girls’ College. Her school service includes roles as Arts Prefect and FeminEast leader. She has been a youth representative at the National Council of Women events, youth advisor for National Library exhibitions and a United Nations High School Ambassador.