Olivia Zhu recognised as prize winner for her essay on New Zealand Democracy
Year 12 student Olivia Zhu took part in The Triennial Secondary School Students’ Essay Competition, which is sponsored by the Association of Former Members of Parliament of New Zealand. The competition aims to increase young people’s understanding of how New Zealand’s democracy works by gaining knowledge about the structure of government, the legislative process involving Parliament and the Executive and the effects of these on citizens.
Last Thursday, Olivia travelled to Wellington to be recognised as a prize winner for her essay on New Zealand Democracy. Olivia was given a private tour of the Parliament, went to a lunch held with Hon. Peter Dunne and Bessie Sutherland, and spent the evening at Government House. Congratulations to Olivia on this outstanding achievement. Her conversations with former MPs on New Zealand democracy and youth engagement were the best part of the trip.
Olivia says, "Taking up History in Year 12 has opened up new opportunities for me, and I highly encourage students to engage in the Liberal Arts as it emphasises the great importance of creativity and critical thinking. All in all, it was an unforgettable experience inspired by the voices of my peers and teachers."
Congratulations to Olivia on this outstanding achievement.