As part of New Zealand Youth Week, we are catching up with some Marlborough teenagers and asking about their life. In the third of five profiles this week.
Logan Silcock, 14, Marlborough Boys' College
Q. The three words that best describe me are ... adventurous, outgoing, fun-loving.
Q. It's a bit uncool, but I love ... playing netball. This is obviously something that not very many guys do.
Q. In five years, I'd love to be ... studying animation, digital design and computer graphic design.
Q. Would you like to live in Marlborough when you leave school?
A. I like Marlborough, but after study, I would like to travel and work in the movie industry.
Q. One thing adults really need to understand about teenagers today is ... we find it really annoying when they ask us who we are texting. Tell me why is it any of your business?
Q. Tell us about the instruments you play and some of the activities you are involved with?
A. I play snare (or side) drum for the Blenheim and Districts Highland Pipe Band. I play guitar in the Marlborough Boys' College jazz band. I have been learning since I was about five, and recently have been teaching myself how to play piano.
Q. Tell us about your spare time other than music. What does Logan Silcock do to wind down away from work and school?
A. I enjoy dancing, reading, skiing, mountainbiking and running.
Q. You have represented New Zealand in salsa. Tell us more about that.
A. I went to the Sydney Salsa Congress in 2010 with a selected group from Star Dance Academy. While we were over there we went to Luna Park, Paddy's Market and attended a number of salsa classes for the performers as well as performing zouk and salsa routines in the show. It was an amazing experience dancing in front of such a huge audience and I felt very proud to be on that stage.
Q. Tell us about your most embarrassing moment.
A. I used to have long hair and, as a joke, my mum made me a T-shirt with "Yes, I am a boy" written on it. It was pretty embarrassing arriving at the Smog netball trials with my long hair in a ponytail, my T-shirt on and all the girls looking at me wondering.
Q. How do you find the time to balance everything? Do you work to a tight schedule?
A. I don't watch television or play any computer games. This allows me time to participate in other activities I enjoy.
Q. You also said you enjoy travelling. Tell us where you have been. What influences did you take from Japan?
A. I have been to Australia a couple of times and Japan.
I went to Australia for the Salsa Congress and on a family holiday. I was lucky enough to receive the Ota Scholarship through college and travelled to Tokyo on a school exchange for 10 days with three other students earlier this year.
I was impressed at how clean the city and schools were, the buildings were massive, the subway was busy and there were vending machines everywhere.
The people were all really friendly and looked after us really well. It was an amazing experience, a fantastic trip and I really want to go back.
- The Marlborough Express