Congratulations to all our YES student participants, category nominees and award winners in this years regional awards ceremony.

Overall Winners
Regional Winner – Torrac, Campion College
Runner-Up – Project Ataahua, Gisborne Girls' High
National Excellence Award – Project Ataahua
Effort and Attitude – Wheelers and Dealers (Butterstick), Campion College
Market Day Stall best product display/presentation - Corolla (Positivity Pots), Campion College
Financial Award – Amarpreet Singh, Wheelers and Dealers
Male Entrepreneur – Myles Ashworth, Torrac
Female Entrepreneur – Nitha Ashti, Project Ataahua

pictured L to R: Matt Smith (teacher), Nikolii Veenstra, Ryan Higgs, Robert Hall, Toby Sutton, Myles Ashworth and Peter Varey from Eastland Community Trust who presented the award.

First Place Regional Winner - Torrac, Campion College
Torrac is an annual short-film festival designed specifically for youth. The team hosted the event in early September at the Odean Theatre featuring live music and the screening of the film entries.

pictured L to R: Kate Plummer, Nitha Ashti, Cam Morrell, Rebecca Collier, Phillipa Hudson

RUNNERS-UP - PROJECT ATAAHUA - Gisborne Girls' High School
These Year 12 entrepreneurs commission local artists to create masterpieces to help beautify our city.

The team also took out the National Excellence Award of which there are only 13 awards nationwide. Each of the 13 excellence award recipients will be presented their 'mystery' award category on the evening of the National Gala Awards held in Wellington on the 6th December.

Completed city mural by local artists Nick Tupara and Phil Berry located in the carpark opposite the War Memorial Theatre

This year the YES programme comprised of 21 regions, 184 schools, 835 teams and 3,574 students nationwide. We are thrilled to be taking two winning teams from Gisborne to represent their region at the national awards. Both teams will also be awarded $1,000 in prize money towards their company.

Special acknowledgement to EIT Wayne Spence and Natalie Torrance for opening their venue at Toru Restaurant for our awards evening. Thank you to our sponsor Eastland Community Trust, teachers, mentors and business people who helped support the YES programme this year.

Posted: Fri 08 Dec 2017