Selwyn MP Amy Adams has selected 16 year-old Katelyn Twiss from Leeston as her Youth MP for Selwyn for 2019.
“I am looking forward to working with Katelyn during her term as Youth MP which runs from 1st March until 31st August next year,” Ms Adams said.
“Katelyn will be representing Selwyn at the Youth Parliament in Wellington on 16th and 17th July, and I am sure she will do a fantastic job,” Ms Adams said.
Katelyn was chosen from among seven finalists by a panel including Ms Adams, Selwyn District Mayor Sam Broughton and local Councillor Craig Watson.
The finalists had to give a five-minute presentation on local and national issues and then answer questions from the judges.
Ms Adams praised all of the finalists for having the courage to put themselves forward and present their opinions to the panel.
“I was thoroughly impressed by the passion and knowledge which all of the finalists demonstrated in their presentations. These are all young people who are motivated to make a difference in their communities and I commend them for their efforts,” Ms Adams said.
Katelyn, who is a Year 12 student at Ellesmere College, said that she was very excited to have been chosen as the Youth MP for Selwyn and was looking forward to the experience.
Katelyn is already active in the community as a member of the Selwyn Youth Council and is a National Leader for SADD (Students Against Dangerous Driving).