A group of Taranaki students have gone wild to win an outdoor adventure competition.
Opunake High School students made a four minute video about how they would handle a week living outdoors in their school for the second annual Genesis Energy OPC Student vs Wild competition.
In the video, students emulate adventure-seeking survivalist Bear Grylls and abseil out of classrooms, one student appears to drink liquid squeezed from horse excrement, another tastes sheep excrement, another chews on a weta, and another seems to catch a raw fish in his mouth.
Student Gemma Grey, 15, said the group had made the video because they wanted to win the competition's regional prize of 10 scholarships worth a total of $7142 to attend a five-day outdoor adventure challenge at the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoors Pursuits Centre of New Zealand (OPC).
"We're all into adventure racing and it would be fun."
Scholarships will be awarded to seven schools around the country and New Plymouth Boys High School and Patea Area School have also entered the competition from Taranaki.
Genesis Energy chief executive Albert Brantley said it was a great way to get young people thinking about wilderness survival skills and respect for the environment.
“And, even better, it also allows 70 students the opportunity to develop outdoor skills and confidence for real, in the unspoilt natural environments of OPC's Tongariro or Great Barrier Island bases.”
To win the competition, schools taking part need to get as many votes for their videos as they can from the public, but judges from OPC and Genesis Energy will have the final say.
Visit www.studentvswild.co.nz to vote.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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