Wild at Heart Spirit Awards

2019 Wild at Heart Spirit Award recipients

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.

2019 Scholarship Recipients

  • Lufilufi Lene Isara - Rongotai College
  • Steph Edlin - St Catherine’s College
  • Will Georgeson - St Patrick’s College
  • Matthew Harford - Scots College
  • Neelisha Kumar - Wellington East Girls’ College

Spirit Award Citations 2019

Lufilufi Lene Isara - Rongotai College

Lufilufi is a dedicated Head Boy and student council representative at Rongotai College. He competently leads the Pasifika Poly Group and is a student mentor at EBIS. An advocate for Pacific success, Lufi is an NZQA Pasifika Student Navigator and represented the school at a Pacific Health Plus Practice conference. He volunteers as a Sunday school teacher and youth leader at Taita Methodist Church.

Steph Edlin - St Catherine’s College

Steph is a brave and outspoken student leader and Head Girl at St Catherine's College. Steph is passionate about civic education, has served on the Rongotai Labour Youth Board, and recently stood for the Wellington City Council in the local body elections, campaigning for awareness of youth issues and smart, fair, diverse leadership.

Will Georgeson - St Patrick’s College

Will is a committed student leader and Head Boy at St Patrick's College. He volunteers for Young Vinnies, helped run a holiday programme at Holy Family School and organised fundraisers for Youthline and Ghanian students. Through the Young Marist Neighbours' programme, he participated in a service trip to Minginui, and the Hokianga Experience.

Matthew Harford - Scots College

Matthew is an active student leader and House Prefect at Scots College. Strongly community-minded, key activities include leading an appeal for Christmas present donations for Angel Tree NZ which supports children with parents in prison, and co-captained the school's 2019 Relay for Life team which raised over $20,000.

Neelisha Kumar - Wellington East Girls’ College

Neelisha is a compassionate student leader, peer tutor and Cultural Prefect at Wellington East Girls' College. She keenly collects for numerous charities, volunteers for Mary Potter Hospice and serves on the Wellington Indian Association Youth Board and the Hindu Heritage Youth Board.