Noeline Doherty Deputy Head  Glendowie College  presented the Peter MacKenzie Scholarship which has been awarded since 1996. This ws actually the 21st time that Noeline have come with a recipient to receive the scholarship. This year’s recipient is Lachlan Southall. Lachie attained Level 1 and Level 2 NCEA endorsed with Excellence. Lachie has specialised in Accounting and Economics. He was first in Economics in 2015 and received a certificate in Accounting. In 2016 he was 1st in Accounting. This year he also received a Certificate of Merit in the RBNZ Monetary Policy Challenge. In both 2015 and 2016 he achieved distinction in the NZ Economics competition. Lachie has also taken on leadership roles of being an Academic Prefect and Peer Support Leader. He has even found time to privately tutor students in Accounting and Mathematics. Lachie is renowned for being cool, calm and collected amongst his peer group and the teachers. He is highly intelligent and an independent learner. Give him the information and he just gets on with the job. Although he has a phlegmatic personality (nothing flaps Lachie) Noeline said she has found his insight and wisdom are far beyond his years. Noeline said it was a delight to be able to present Lachie to the Club this year as a very worthy recipient of the 2016 Peter MacKenzie Scholarship award.
Before she  talked about Lachie as this year’s recipient, she provided an update on last year’s recipient, Scott Herbert who was unable to attend today. However, he wanted us to know that before his final exam at Otago University he was running 2nd out of all the students on the Level 1 Accounting paper. He has not heard where he was placed as yet, but he got 96% overall and attained an A+. Scott has decided to continue with Accounting and do a Masters rather than in a con-joint with Law.  Extract from Scott’s recent email “I have also started working over summer at Alaska, a construction firm doing labouring and driving one of their trucks. Although, this meant I had to learn how to drive manual in the course of a couple of days!” Another of Scott’s peer group who went to Auckland University, Alma Lowe this year came top of all the Students in the first semester for Accounting 101. You may remember that Jason Wei a former recipient in 2012 (and a great golf player) also came 1st for the Level 1 Accounting paper. So Accounting is alive and well at Glendowie College.

One thing Noeline has since mentioned was an ex-member of your Rotary club Jeanette Bell who taught at Glendowie College for 35 years has retired from Glendowie College and is teaching part time at Stratford College in order to be closer to family members. Usually she comes with us and takes photographs, so some of our  members may be interested to know about her.