Old Pupils In The News

This page is designed so that we can record the achievements of those ex-students who have passed through Feilding High School in the last few years. The date in brackets is the year of their last attendance.

Karel Beukes, Tanek Gardner and Toby White (2013) where they were in charge of designing and fabricating small parts on the Formula SAE open-wheeled racecar that the university was competing with in Melbourne each year. Karel and Toby gradually were given larger parts and systems to design as practical skills and knowledge required to complete the job to exceptional standard. In 2015, UCM achieved what had never been done before, build and design NZ's first All-Wheel-Drive Electric race car and within a year. In 2016, Toby was in charge of the mechanical design of the Accumulator (battery) and Karel was in charge of the wheel design. They went to Melbourne to compete that year and won the Skid pan, UCM was the first and only Formula SAE Team in the world to Win a dynamic event during a switch from combustion to electric within a year. 

Deneille Bligh (2011) won a Tu Kahika Scholarship from Otago University for her outstanding results in 2012, including 9 A+ grades. At the end of 2013 she has gained entry to Otago's Medical School.

Sarah Goss (2010) is the current captain of New Zealand’s Sevens team. At the 2014 Atlanta round of the IRB World Sevens Series she was selected as the tournament MVP. She is also currently studying at Massey University.

Elizabeth Fox (2009) Graduated from Massey University with a BSc majoring in Geography in 2012. She was selected as a Massey Scholar and also won the Manawatu Post Graduate Women’s Scholarship. She is currently pursuing an Honours degree at Massey.

Chelsea Hirst (2009) gained a BSc majoring in Agricultural Science from Massey University in 2012. She is currently undertaking the Honours course, her research project being focussed on grazing management. Part of this research has just been published in the DairyNZ magazine "Technical Series". To date Chelsea has won no fewer than nine scholarships during her time at Massey; these include the Massey University High Achiever Scholarship and the DairyNZ Scholarship (2011, 2012 & 2013).

Alison Grant (2008) graduated with a BA (Hons) degree from the University of Canterbury in 2012. She has also completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism at AUT and is currently employed as a media advisor to the Mayor of Auckland.

Tessa Pratt (2008) has recently been awarded a Freemasons’ Scholarship. She is currently pursuing an Honours degree in English and Media Studies at Massey University; the scholarship recognises her outstanding results.

Daniel Tickner (2008) is employed by the BNZ as a graduate corporate agribusiness banker. He works with a small team managing relationships with the bank’s largest farming clients. Prior to this, Daniel completed a highly successful career at Massey University by being named a Massey Scholar.

Monique Garland (nee Taylor) (2007) gained a Bachelor of Applied Visual Imaging from UCOL Palmerston North and also has a Graduate Diploma in Teaching from Victoria University. She is currently teaching at Campion College in Gisborne.

Michael Roberts (2007) graduated from Victoria University in Japanese and has been working for the last two years as an Associate English Teacher under the JET scheme with the city of Otaru in Hokkaido, Japan.

Bridget Prior (2006) graduated MB ChB from the University of Otago at the end of 2012 and is now employed by the Wellington Hospital Board as a House Surgeon at both Hutt and Wellington hospitals.

Lisa Hayman (nee Hilliard) (2005) gained a BA (Hons. First Class) in Communications from Monash University in 2011 and is currently studying for her PhD on a full scholarship. Her topic is the relationship between post-9/11 war cinema and that of the Vietnam War era. Lisa is also teaching at Monash on a part time basis and has just appeared as Ophelia in a local production of “Hamlet”.

Jenelle Wilson (2007) has graduated from Massey University in 2013 with a BEd(Teaching)(Primary) and a Diploma in Education Studies. She was also selected as a Massey Scholar. She is now teaching at Tai Tapu school which is just out of Christchurch.

Emily Roper (2007) has a Bachelor of Broadcast Communicatons degree from the New Zealand Broadcasting School. She is now working as a freelancer in film and television; she also runs her own photgraphy business (www.clipic.co.nz).

Lucy McManaway (2007) is an agribusiness manager for BNZ. She has a BBS with a double major in Accounting and Agribusiness.

Chris Willoughby (2007) has a BBS in Valuation and Property Management. He is currently working as a registered property valuer and also captains the Feilding Yellows Senior A rugby team.

Sean Rankin (2010) gained a Bachelor of Biomedical Science from Otago University in 2013 and is hoping to gain entry to Medical School in 2015.

Fraser Clarke (2010) recently graduated as Bachelor of Applied Economics and is currently pursuing a postgraduate diploma in finanace and economics.

Natalie Irving (2006) is in her final year of study towards her MB ChB degree at the University of Otago. She will be completing her trainee intern year in Christchurch after a three month elective in Nepal and Kenya. She has recently completed research looking at clot prevention in cancer patients; her paper won an award from the University of Otago and gained Natalie second placing in a prestigious competition run by the Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Struan Webb (2006) completed the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants professional competence exam in 2013 and is now qualified as a chartered accountant.

Kirsty Stratton (2008) is currently employed as a Relationship Associate by the ANZ Bank; she is based in Whakatane. Kirsty graduated from Lincoln Nuniversity in 2012 with a Bachelor of Commerce in Agriculture, specialising in rural valuation.

Daniel Craw (2008) graduated from Massey University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Engineering degree, specialising in industrial automation. He is currently working as a DCS engineer for Yokogawa in the Rotterdam area of The Netherlands.

Brianna Guard (2009) is a quality co-ordinator for Verathon Inc. and works at Amersham in the United Kingdom. She graduated from Massey University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Communication degree.

Courtney Tickner (2010) works as a fundraising assistant at Ronald McDonald House in Wellington. She gained a Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications (Radio) degree from the New Zealand Broadcasting School (Christchurch) in 2013.

Debbie Thompson (2009) has recently been accepted by Oxford University to read an MSc in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition. Her particular interest is the factors which motivate students to become successful language learners. Debbie graduated from Massey University in 2013 and since then has been working in Spain, mainly in a bi-lingual school near Madrid. She is also a published poet.

Cohen Stephens (2104) recently gained a Diploma in Performing Arts from UCOL in Palmerston North. He has been accepted by Toi Whakaari into their Bachelor of Performing Arts (Management) course.