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Fiordland College student named award winner

A Fiordland College student has been named the winner of the Southland District Youth Council Community Spirit Award 2016.

The annual award celebrates the efforts of a young Southlander who has had a positive impact on their community. This is the first time the award has been won by a student from the school.

Lane McDuff, now in Year 13, was nominated for the award by youth councillor Casey Taylor in recognition of his outstanding service to the community, particularly in services to the environment. He was presented with his award by Mayor Gary Tong at a ceremony at Council today.

Mayor Gary Tong said Lane’s nomination made for impressive reading.

“Going over the list of Lane’s efforts and achievements was incredibly heartening. It is wonderful to see the youth of Southland working to make their community a better place, and I have no doubt that the future of our district is in very safe hands with people like Lane stepping up to the mark,” he said.

As outlined in his nomination, Lane had a keen interest in the environment and has served as a student leader for the Kids Restore the Kepler project, speaking on this subject to the New Zealand Association of Environmental Education. He was selected from 300 students to attend the Sir Peter Blake Youth Enviro Leaders Forum in 2016 and was also heavily involved with Venturers, including serving in a leadership role to help Cubs develop their skills. He is also an active member of the Fiordland College community, taking part in many cultural and sporting activities.

“Lane really embodies the qualities our youth council’s Community Spirit award represents and I encourage others to step up and represent their communities at Youth Council level. I am thrilled to name him the winner of the 2016 Community Spirit Award and want to thank him for his contributions on behalf of all Southlanders.”

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