Class of: 2016
School: Tarawera High School
Scholarship Partner: NZ Community Trust
Making a concerted effort to be part of her community and get involved in a wide variety of activities paid off for Somer and her hard work was noticed by Senior Dean Antony Pritchard.
"Since 2013 I have seen Somer grow in confidence in her own ability and in public circumstances, from a quiet and shy girl I now see a bubbly individual who displays confidence and assurance in many situations. She is a hardworking individual who finds it impossible to achieve in any way excepting above average," he said.
Somer was a member of the Kawerau Youth Council, attended the Hillary Outdoors Education Centre 5 Day Holiday Action Challenge, and was part of the Take the Lead programme.
Her goal is to be the first in her family to study at university.