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University student wins Roger Harris Scholarship

Former Te Aroha College student Glen Spooner has won Environment Waikato’s Roger Harris Scholarship for 2007.

The $4000 scholarship is awarded annually by the council to mark the contribution of former Hauraki Catchment Board chief engineer Roger Harris to the Waihou Valley Scheme.

It is available to students pursuing undergraduate study in engineering or resource management, with particular reference to river and catchment management, whose families live in the scheme area.

Mr Spooner, who represented Te Aroha College in 1st XV rugby and swimming, began a Bachelor of Engineering degree at Canterbury University in 2005 and completed his second year of study with high marks. He now plays Aussie Rules rugby for the university and enjoys a range of other sports, including snowboarding and waterskiing.

Currently home for the university holidays, he received the scholarship at yesterday’s Catchment Services Committee meeting in Hamilton from chair Andra Neeley.

“I’m really impressed you have time for study with that long list of interests, but it goes to show the most successful people are always thoroughly well rounded,” she said.

Cr Neeley said there had been a high standard for the 2007 application round, which was judged by a selection panel.

Mr Spooner thanked Environment Waikato for the scholarship.

“This is going to help with fees and ease the burden associated with student living, so thanks a lot,” he said.

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