Teen writes his way to spirit award

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 12:19 25/07/2014
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SEAN MULLIGAN: The Geraldine High School student is runner-up of the recent Trustpower Youth Spirit Community Award.

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Holiday homework writing an essay was worthwhile for Sean Mulligan.

The 18-year-old was the runner-up in the recent Trustpower Youth Spirit Community Award.

Nominated by his principal and deputy principal at Geraldine High School, he hadn't heard he received the award until his former primary school teacher read the winners in the paper and messaged him while he was on holiday in Australia.

Head boy at Geraldine High School, Sean comes from a hard- working farming background.

"If there's work to be done whether it be hard physical labour, problem solving or strategising for the positive future growth of the farm and sharing my thoughts with my father, I make the effort to complete whatever task is required of me to my utmost best."

Involved in sport, culture and academics, Sean has a strong community focus.

This is despite the fact he calls Geraldine his "adopted community", as he lives on the farm in Temuka.

He has been a part of school choirs, has had lead roles in school and local productions, participated in South Canterbury athletics and is a player, coach and committee member of the Geraldine Cricket Club.

When he started high school, he became a volunteer worker in the school cafe, a position he held for six years, and is also an "enthusiastic member" of the kapa haka group.

He has been a class counsellor for many years, and an active contributor to the school council.

He credits his experience on the "Spirit of Adventure" voyage, which gave him many tools and skills which have been invaluable in his final leadership year at school.

"My year 13 [2014] is a year full of many challenges and responsibilities that my fellow pupils and staff at Geraldine High School have entrusted me to fulfil as a responsible and mature senior student."

Next year, Sean intends to go to Lincoln University to start a Bachelor of Commerce in agriculture and aims to work in either rural banking or rural accounting.

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- The Timaru Herald

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