Youth awards put on hold 

The Waipā Youth Awards ceremony has been cancelled for a second year in succession – and a decision has yet to be made on how the winners will be announced.

The event was scheduled for Thursday this week when, from 97 nominations 52 awards were to be made.

“Once we’re through this current round of restrictions we’ll decide whether to reschedule the awards night or announce the award winners digitally as we did in 2020,” Waipā mayor Jim Mylchreest said.

The awards, open to students aged 14-18 who live or have attended school in Waipā, celebrate achievement in academia, arts and culture, community service, leadership and sport.

Last year the awards night was cancelled due to restrictions around mass gatherings and head students from Te Awamutu College, Cambridge High School and St Peter’s, Cambridge created a video recognising the top achievers.

Jim Mylchreest said having the awards ceremony cancelled for a second year was unfortunate but necessary.

“It’s a real shame that we need to cancel the awards evening, however we still want to make sure our exceptional young people are celebrated as they have contributed so much to our schools and communities over the last year.”

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