Student achievement acclaimed with award

A 10-year-old Invercargill boy was named the best overall actor at the Noel Leeming Made Awards ceremony in Tauranga last night.

Thomas Lewis, son of Southland crown solicitor Mary-Jane Thomas and former Southland Kindergarten Association president Paddy Lewis, made his mark after creating a five-minute documentary about what to see and do in Invercargill.

The documentary was created by Thomas and two other students at Enrich@ILT, a learning centre for talented youngsters.

The Made Awards is a nationwide annual event rewarding students for their efforts and showcasing their work.

Speaking from Tauranga yesterday, Mr Lewis said there were about 400 entries in four categories – documentary, commercial, music video and static image.

While Mr Lewis was "stoked" about his son's win, it had come as no surprise, he said.

"He's one of those kids who likes to try anything. Acting came naturally ... we've never pushed him into it. He's never shown any interest in doing it. He just seemed to pull it all together for this," he said.

The awards were held at the Baycourt Theatre in Tauranga.

The Southland Times