An inspiring Clutha pupil was recognised for her tireless community efforts recently.
Blue Mountain College student prefect Olivia Crawford, who is in year 13, was selected for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Aotearoa NZ/Hillary Award for Leader of the Year.
She was selected from the countless pupils who take part in completing their Duke of Edinburgh awards through their schools across New Zealand each year.
Miss Crawford said she was ‘‘quite chuffed’’ to be acknowledged for her contributions to her community.
‘‘I thought it was cool to be picked out of a hat at first, but then I was informed by my mum that I actually wasn’t selected by random and I had been selected specifically,’’ she said.
The honour is one of five prestigious awards for the Duke of Edinburgh scheme .
Miss Crawford contributes to her community with her leadership as chairwoman of the Gore District Youth Council, which she has been a member of since year 8, and chairwoman of for two of those years.
She serves on a range of school committees, is a house group leader for her school and provides strong leadership for her community.
Gore District Youth Council co›ordinator Mark McCann expressed his congratulations to Miss Crawford.
‘‘Olivia has been and is an outstanding leader of the Gore District Youth Council.
‘‘She was elected to become chair of the council early in 2021 and as a result of her commitment to the role was re›elected for 2022.
‘‘She has been a role model for the rest of the youth council, attending and leading all meetings, conferences, planning, organising and attending youth council›led events and providing guidance to the other youth councillors.
‘‘She is very proactive in proposing ideas, initiatives and projects and then implementing them for the better of youth and the wider community.
‘‘We congratulate her and thank her for all her hard work,’’ Mr McCann said.
Miss Crawford hopes to attend Lincoln University when she finishes school to pursue her dream of farm management on a sheep and beef farm.
‘‘My dad said as long as I learn the core aspects of farming then he’s happy,’’ Miss Crawford said.
She will attend a ceremony in Dunedin to acknowledge her efforts and those of others, who will also attend ceremonies closer to home.