Student earns award

RECOGNISED: Lincoln University student Libby Twiss was presented the Young Totara award by Lincoln Rotary president David Jones.

A Lincoln University student has won a significant Rotary award for her contribution to the community.

Libby Twiss, 20, was awarded the Lincoln Rotary Club’s young totara award for her involvement with the Lincoln Community Care and the university’s Future Leader Scholarship programme.

Lincoln Rotary Club member Pat Nicholas said she has shown leadership at Lincoln Community Care creating a newly-developed web page for the organisation.

In addition she led a team of university students who helped out at the organisation’s last fundraising garden party – Spring Fling.

At university, Libby is studying agribusiness, food-marketing and professional accounting.

In her first year she achieved an A average.

When Libby finishes her degree she hopes to pursue a career allowing her to work in accounting and agribusiness industries and has been awarded an internship at financial consultant KPMG.

As well as receiving a framed certificate and a pin badge, members of the Rotary club will join Libby to plant a young totara tree in recognition of her award.

The totara is one of New Zealand’s largest native trees, and its timber was prized by Maori as the best for building their massive war canoes.