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Braydon Tamati: awarded the Aspire Maori Pasifika Scholarship from the New Zealand Performing Arts School

Class of 2014 

This item from Meghan Lawrence, Eastern Courier, 18 March 2015. Photos by Meghan Lawrence and Jarred Williamson

Braydon Tamati

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Braydon Tamati is dancing up a storm after receiving a scholarship that allows him to focus on the art form fulltime.
The 18 year old received the Aspire Maori Pasifika Scholarship from the New Zealand Performing Arts School.
The former Edgewater College student was snapped up by director Elizabeth Harvey after his audition left her and her fellow teachers amazed at his natural talent.
The scholarship entitles Braydon to two years free fulltime study in a wide range of performing arts including ballet, jazz, tap, singing and acting. Braydon says he feels blessed to be given the opportunity.
"There are no words to describe how I felt at that moment. I was so happy, I was over the moon" he says.
Braydon began dancing in year 9 and 10 when he competed in the Bring It On secondary schools' dance competition. He also won the Marriot Cup for singing in his last year at Edgewater College.


Hannah Sheahan: Awarded 2013 PhD Cambridge-Rutherford Memorial Scholarship

Graduate, 2009
This story from the Royal Society website.

"At Edgewater College I was taught not to fill my mind, but to open it. Now, with the help of a Rutherford Foundation Trust PhD Scholarship to Cambridge, I hope to go beyond opening minds, to understanding them. At Cambridge I seek fundamental understanding of the computational mechanisms that underlie how the brain controls the complex movements we perform everyday with our hands and arms."

Hannah's work is at the cutting edge of engineering and medicine. At Cambridge, she will be working with the Sensorimotor Learning Group.  There, they use mathematical and engineering principles alongside neuroscience to unveil how the brain controls movement. Hannah will be studying under the supervision of Professor Daniel Wolpert, collaborating with neuroscientists, engineers and mathematicians.     

"After my PhD I ultimately want to ascertain how this knowledge can be applied to the development of new rehabilitation strategies that will treat movement disorders and increase functional ability in people with disabilities. Having mentored disabled youth and performed research into treatments for hereditary spastic paraparesis and stroke, I am motivated to bring innovation to healthcare and minimise the effects of disability.  Work should be soul restoring, not soul destroying," she writes.  
Hannah has been granted a scholarship to complete her PhD in Engineering at the University of Cambridge, England.



Teena Gamage:  Grant to back stem cell research

Class of 2007

This item from Meghan Lawrence, Eastern Courier, 24 Dec 2014.

Teena Gamage has picked up a major kick start towards her ground breaking medical research.

The former Edgewater College student has been granted a $126,500 doctoral scholarship from the Auckland Medical Research Foundation.

Gamage completed her masters in biomedical science at the University of Auckland and has gone on to study a PhD in human trophoblast stem cells – the stem cells present in the placenta.

The 25-year-old says this research is key to understanding how the placenta is made.

‘‘Trophoblast stem cells allow for the rapid growth of the placenta and allow it to function properly,’’ she says.

Gamage wants to understand what goes wrong in pregnancy disorders by comparing the difference between stem cells from healthy and growth-restricted placentas.

‘‘It is only when we begin to understand how the placenta is made that we can start to understand what goes wrong in pregnancy,’’ she says.

The organisation offers doctoral scholarships to New Zealand students enrolling for a PhD or masters degree in medical science.

It covers the costs of the research for up to three years of study.

‘‘The more we understand this the closer we will come to finally developing a treatment to improve the growth of these placentas and consequentially improve foetal growth and reduce the amount of disease,’’ Gamage says.

Gamage will be studying under Dr Jo James and Professor Larry Chamley, but says she has also received huge support from her family and the people at Edgewater College.

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