By Mick Jensen
It’s been a bumper year for multi-talented Ashburton College student Lucy Clough – and there’s more to come.
The Year 13 student has received awards and recognition in a number of fields, including singing, music, volunteer mentoring and swimming.
The stellar year started in January when she received the Mid Canterbury Summer Singing School scholarship.
Her voice will take centre stage and be put to the test on October 26 when she tackles a diploma in singing.
The performance exam needs to be between 32 and 40 minutes and includes songs sung in four languages – Italian, French, German and English.
On December 1 she will try out for the NZ Youth Choir and in January will attend the 11-day IFAC Handa New Zealand Singing School course in Nelson.
Other singing highlights for the 18-year-old this year have included winning medals at the Glee 2016 singing competition in Australian alongside fellow Phoenix Chorus choir members.
As well as gold and bronze medals with the 25-strong choir, Lucy teamed up to win another gold with three others and also claimed a silver in the soloist section.
She is a regular performer at the Ashburton Musical Club, which recently awarded her its annual music scholarship valued at $700.
As well as singing, Lucy is also a talented musician.
She plays the piano and cello to a high level, has picked up the double bass in double quick time and plays in a number of college groups.
In June she was awarded the Trustpower Youth Community Spirit Award for being a model student, mentor and community volunteer.
“That was a special award and I was certainly not expecting it,” Lucy said.
“I love all the mentoring roles, particularly reading, because reading does change lives.”
Lucy has been a member of the 2016 Ashburton College Student Executive, where she heads the Cultural Committee, has volunteered in the Special Needs Unit and has been a “buddy” for visiting international students over the last four years.
While competitive swimming has not been as full on as in previous years, she has still enjoyed success in the pool at South Island and secondary school competitions. She also finds time in her busy schedule to work as a swim tutor at EA Networks Centre and is a cornerstone of the Jennian Homes swim team.
“It has been a busy year, but also very satisfying. I’ve had some great support from the likes of Ashburton College, community groups like the Ashburton Musical Club and, of course, my parents.”
Lucy Clough has decided to follow her love of science subjects and will tackle health sciences at Otago University next year, with a view to studying pharmacy in her second year.
The study costs of university will be eased with a $16,000 music scholarship, awarded to her by the university.
“I guess I’m going to be a singing pharmacist if it all goes to plan.”