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.

2018 Scholarship Recipients

  • Ethan Makisi - Rongotai College
  • Evana Philip - St Catherine’s College
  • James Reilly - St Patrick’s College
  • Jackson Lacy - Scots College
  • Hailey Kapadia - Wellington East Girls’ College

Spirit Award Citations 2018

Ethan Makisi - Rongotai College

Ethan is a committed student leader at Rongotai College, serving as Arts Captain, Prefect and Board of Trustees representative. He has founded a student choir, organised and performed at community events and worked to break down barriers to music and the arts. Ethan is an advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention.

Evana Philip - St Catherine’s College

Evana is an enthusiastic student leader from St Catherine's College. Her role as Mercy Crew Leader sees her planning and participating in a variety of community projects with organisations including St Vincent de Paul, the Home of Compassion and Caritas. She regularly volunteers at the Vincentian Home.

James Reilly - St Patrick’s College

James is a compassionate student leader and Prefect at St Patrick's College. He regularly volunteers for the Compassion Soup Kitchen, Vinnies group and as a rest home visitor. He is a member of the Pinnacle Mentoring Programme and last year, received the Wellington City Council Absolutely Positive Student Award.

Jackson Lacy - Scots College

Jackson is an empathetic student leader from Scots College, serving as iTeam Prefect, captain of the premier debating team and establishing a House mentoring system. He is passionate about young people and youth issues, volunteering as Kaiwhakahaere for TEDxYouth@TeAro, Youth Councillor for Wellington City Youth Council, and High School Ambassador for UN Youth Wellington.

Hailey Kapadia - Wellington East Girls’ College

Hailey is a diligent student leader at Wellington East Girls' College. Her role as Charities Prefect has seen her at the forefront of charity events at the school and in the community, including volunteering at the Compassion Soup Kitchen, organising blood drives, and charity collections. She is also a leader of the East Lighting crew supporting school and community events.