New Zealand students honoured for outstanding leadership

Whangarei Adventist Christian School's Daniela Webster with her award. (Photo: WACS)

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Three Adventist school students in New Zealand have been honoured for their leadership qualities with a prestigious award.

Manawa-Leigh Ripaki, a year 8 student at Whakatane Adventist School, Daniela Webster, a year 7 student at Whangarei Adventist Christian School, and Angelina Cariga, a year 8 student at Longburn Adventist College, all received the Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Award.

The award, which is presented in partnership with Westpac, recognises young people whose leadership stands out in their schools and communities. Each primary and intermediate school across New Zealand is invited to participate in the program by nominating one student whom they believe is a worthy recipient. The students then receive a prize pack including a medal, certificate, book, red socks, and a pin.

Longburn Adventist College student Angelina Cariga receives her award.

Longburn Adventist College student Angelina Cariga was nominated for her integrity, respect, and resilience.

Angelina is a general all-rounder,” said teacher Rachel Paki. “She has a unique ability to use initiative and is always thinking of how to make things easier for me and her classmates. She is of great encouragement to those around her.”

Daniela Webster, from Whangarei Adventist Christian School, was presented with her leadership award by the Whangarei Mayor, Sheryl Mai, at Toll Stadium.

“Daniela is acknowledged for her acceptance, respect and care of others, and her commitment and responsibilities in many areas of school life including librarian, kitchen mini chef, and being a trusted teacher’s assistant,” said a statement from the school.

(L to R): Whakatane Westpac Bank manager Darrin Hannah, Manawa-Leigh Ripaki, and dad Tai Ripaki.

Whakatane Adventist School surprised their recipient, Manawa-Leigh Ripaki, by presenting her award in front of fellow students, staff, and her family.

“She is wonderful and respectful, has a forgiving heart and is a great friend to our teachers,” said principal Olepa Ki-Korenhof. “This is the third year we have nominated a student from our school, so it’s a great way to encourage and recognise leadership in our school.”

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