Autumn Brown – RNZCT / AUT Scholarship + UBIQ Voucher. Bachelor of Visual Arts, Spatial Design Major – Bachelor of Design at AUTJune 9, 2023
Ben Cotton – Russell McVeagh Scholarship. Law and Political Studies – Victoria UniversityJune 9, 2023
One of Neil’s great passions in life is taking leadership roles in many capacities. This has attributed to him becoming the Deputy Head Boy at Mount Hutt College, being the Student Trustee on the Mount Hutt College and Lauriston School Combined Board for 2019, being 2019 and 2020, Co-Head of the Magazine Committee and Head Editor, founding and leading the MHC UN Youth Group in 2019, being on the 2020 Ashburton Youth Council Executive as Secretary, Bus Monitor for his local school area Lyndhurst Bus for 2018 to 2020, and being one of the first Peer Support Mentors in his school from 2018 to 2020. With all of those positions, Neil says he is grateful to give back to the school and community that have given so much to him and his family.
Neil’s NCEA results were Academic Colours for both 2018 and 2019 for both Level One and Two, and he received the highest level of Academic Certificate of Gold with Excellence for 2018, 2019, and 2020.
Major prize-giving awards he has received have been the Top Academic Achievement Award in Year 11, Matt Wallace Memorial Award for Best All-Round Year 11 Boy, the Current Events Trophy for Outstanding Participation, Year 10 Green Family Citizenship Award, Reach for the Stars PRIDE Award in Year 8 and 10.
His volunteering experience includes being a ‘Student Buddy’ for exchange students in all years of eligibility through Year 7-10, a compere for the 2019 MHC Music Fundraising Concert, and as a reading mentor in the ‘Year 10 Boys Reading to Boys Club’ for a group of Year 5/6 boys.
Neil was also heavily involved in the Rainbow Youth Group in his school. He helped in the planning and the activities during his school’s very first PRIDE Week and other Rainbow activities at his school.
He would love to take his leadership skills and become a Project/Operations Manager in the Electrical and Electronic field or be involved in projects that help a wide variety of people and has naturally gravitated towards engineering.
Which ever direction Neil takes we know that he will be a great leader and advocate for our Rainbow community!