Rags to riches tale tops challenge

BY CHARLES ANDERSON
Last updated 12:32 16/05/2009
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VICTORY: Nayland College students celebrate winning the Mission-On 2009 Stage Challenge.
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DANCING TO WIN: Winners of the Mission-On 2009 Stage Challenge Nayland College perform From Getto to Gold at the Trafalgar Centre.
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ON FIRE: Nayland College dancers performing From Getto to Gold at the Trafalgar Centre last night.
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ALL WHITE: Third placed Marlborough Girls College perform Toying with Reality during the Mission-On 2009 Stage Challenge.

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The revamped stage at the Trafalgar Centre was lit up last night with the energy and enthusiasm of the region's students, all wanting to make their mark in the 2009 Stage Challenge.

The night was hair spray and makeup, gumboots and pavlovas but in the end, it was Ghetto to Gold which took out the top prize.

Nayland College's rags to riches tale won over the judges with is its frenetic dance moves and insatiable energy. Judge Milton Justice could only sum up: "Dude, Nelson's got talent."

Nayland College year-11 student Sam Lagrutta, 15, was breathless. "A lot of effort was put into it and everyone went hard out," he said.

Ghetto to Gold told the story of Franny, a forgotten little redhead with an unfortunate start. Living in the ghetto she wondered what the world held for her and dreamt of becoming a broadway star.

Nayland College's dreams were also realised when the school took back the title after losing it last year to Waimea College.

However, Waimea College year-13 student, Michael Daunauda, 17, said the night was about more than just awards.

"We all had so much fun it was amazing, I'm so happy, it was sweet and meeting heaps of new people was all good."

First time entrant Tapawera Area School made the trip to the city and took home some well deserved awards including the Gemma Dale award for teamwork, encouragement and commitment.

Teacher Sharon Rogers said "a little greasing" did not harm their chances. Every school received a card and a jar of Tapawera honey from the school.

Year-12 student Tania Simpson, 16, said they were happy with the result and would be back next year. "It was pretty good for our first show.

"We had never done it before and we are only a small school so we are pretty pleased," she said. "Now we know what to expect next year."

Second place went to Garin College. Student host Sam Holden, 15, said it was the school's best result in years. "It's so pyscho, everyone came out and you couldn't hear anything, it was a killer but it was great to see everyone so excited." Sam Lagrutta agreed: "I'm over the moon so excited, I'm sort of shocked and I've lost my voice," he said.

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Marlborough Girls' College came third overall. Broadgreen Intermediate School, Nelson College and Blenheim's Bohally Intermediate also took part in the event. 

Full results: Excellence Award for School and Community Support - Tapawera Area School Excellence Award for Environment and Social Awareness- Tapawera Area School, Nelson College Excellence Award for Healthy Lifestyle and Creative Thinking- Nayland College, Waimea College, Marlborough Girls' College Excellence Award for Concept- Broadgreen Intermediate School, Nayland College, Garin College, Waimea College, Marlborough Girls' College, Nelson College Excellence Award for Student Achievement- Garin College, Waimea College, Marlborough Girls' College Excellence ward for School Initiative- Broadgreen Intermediate School, Marlborough Girls' College Excellence Award for Visual Enhancement- Broadgreen Intermediate School, Nayland College, Garin College, Waimea College, Tapawera Area School, Marlborough Girls' College Excellence Award for Costuming- Broadgreen Intermediate School, Nayland College, Garin College, Waimea College, Marlborough Girls' College Excellence Award for Set Design and Function- Broadgreen Intermediate School, Nayland College, Garin College Waimea College Excellence for Soundtrack- Broadgreen Intermediate School, Garin College, Marlborough Girls' College, Nelson College Excellence in Drama- Broadgreen Intermediate School, Nayland College, Garin College, Waimea College, Marlborough Girls' College, Nelson College Excellence in Performance- Nayland College, Garin College, Waimea College, Marlborough Girls' College Excellence in Stage Use- Nayland College, Garin College, Waimea College, Marlborough Girls' College Excellence in Choreography- Nayland College, Garin College, Marlborough Girls' College Excellence in Lighting Design- Waimea College Excellence in Stage Use from Production Team- Marlborough Girls' College Gemma Dale Award for Teamwork, Encouragement and Commitment- Tapawera Area School Overall Places 3rd- Marlborough Girls' College 2nd- Garin College 1st- Nayland College

- The Nelson Mail

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