Karen Leef

Class of: 2014
School: Other
Scholarship Partner: Spark New Zealand

Karen is an experienced Youth Leader both in her school and Church, bringing the God Is for Today (G.I.F.T) programme and Revolution Tour into the school to help reduce bullying in schools. Karen has also been involved in the Awhina Programme promoting the study of science subjects to Pasifika students and the Tuakana Teina programme for supporting Year 9 students.

Karen has been active in promoting Samoan language week, holding sessions within her school and is also a 2015 scholl prefect.  She is a member of the Equippers Church performing Youth and Kids leadership roles, and role modelling to the children.  Also through the Church she has been involved in Project X which encourages performing arts, dance and drama within the community.

Through Te Rarawa, Karen has introduced a Youth Committee into her iwi to support youth views as part of recent treaty settlements.

"..Karen's work ethic in the class is to be commended.  She is driven and focussed and is able to balance her school and out of school commitments.  Her results are very good and she continues to aim for excellence.  Karen is held in high regard by both her teachers and peers.." Melissa Denzier, Assistant Principal, Wellington Girls College

 Karen is planning to study for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at Victoria University of Wellington, with her long term goal of becoming an MP.