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.

2017 Scholarship Recipients

• Sathvik Panda - Rongotai College

• Lara Najim - St Catherine’s College

• Finn Meredith - St Patrick’s College

• Benjamin Hartfield - Scots College

• Sophie Reedy-Young - Wellington East Girls’ College

Spirit Award Citations 2017

Sathvik Panda - Rongotai College

Sathvik is a dedicated leader, President of the Interact Club and organiser of the kick-start breakfast programme at Rongotai College. He has volunteered and organised fundraising activity to support more than one hundred charity and community activities; inspiring and engaging other students to get involved in service.

Lara Najim - St Catherine’s College

Lara is an active student leader at St Catherine's College, organising events for the Two Million Trees Projects and Boomerang Bags. She is a Vinnies Lounge after-school programme mentor, and a volunteer tutor at Laulotaha Mentoring Programme, a UN Youth High School Ambassador, and is a Wellington Coordinator of Books for Kids, collecting books for children in foster care.

Finn Meredith - St Patrick’s College

Finn is an enthusiastic leader from St Patrick's College, involved with St Vincent De Paul and the Suzanne Aubert Compassion Centre soup kitchen. He coaches junior swimmers and is head coach of Little Rippers Rugby. A graduate of the National Lifeguard School, Finn put his surf lifesaving training into practise, performing an off-duty rescue of three young boys.

Benjamin Hartfield - Scots College

Benjamin is a passionate Head of Service at Scots College, establishing an Environmental Council at the school, mentoring International students and volunteering at the Kahurangi Breakfast programme. He has led significant fundraisers for Relay for Life, and 40 Hour Famine - raising money for two 'Child Friendly Space Classrooms' in a Syrian Refugee Camp.

Sophie Reedy-Young - Wellington East Girls’ College

Sophie is an inclusive leader at Wellington East Girls' College, with a passion for service including activity as a School Council Prefect and Peer Tutor, and volunteering for Island Bay Marine Education Centre and Wellington SPCA. She serves on the Wellington City Youth Council, and was a member of the first Ronald McDonald Youth Board.