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Thursday December 20, 2018


Student judges get FAB treatment for their efforts By Jamie Adams

The Franken Arts Bursaries (FAB) were rolled out for another year at the Evans Bay Intermediate School prizegiving on Thursday. But it wasn’t just the recipients who were celebrated. FAB Trust chairman Paul Franken took some of the judges to lunch at the neighbouring Brentwood Hotel to thank them for their efforts. Those judges happened to be students as well – EBIS year 8 pupils Danielle Guldborg, Esme

Olney-Boyd, Emily Morse and Flynn Gowans. The money awarded adds up to $7000 so there is a big responsibility in judging the 14 applicants for this year, some of which came from Wellington High School, St Pats College, St Catherine’s and Rongotai College, as well as EBIS. However Paul says he chose young people to judge as he believes they can be relied upon to make good decisions. “It’s a Dickens of a job but I’ve got confidence that young people can do

that a lot better than old people.” The FABs were founded by retiree Paul eight years ago as a way to get more students involved in the arts. The money gets put into an account to be invested once the student enters a tertiary instution. While one of the judges is typically one of last year’s recipients, the other three were chosen by EBIS visual arts teacher Stamatoula Boolieris. “I wanted the three students to be balanced in different areas. I thought ‘who’s someone who makes decisions and is not fazed by a lot of criteria?”

she says. “One of the first I chose was Flynn because he’s like that with all subjects.” All of this year’s FAB recipients were connected to Evans Bay Intermediate: First prize of $3500 went to Betty Smith, for singing, piano and composing. The $2100

second prize went to Zico McDougall for drawing, while former pupil Jack Harris, who now attends Wellington High School, received a $1400 bursary for music. Betty plans to invest some of the money in Lorde’s vocal coach, such is her potential as a singer.

FAB founder Paul Franken and EBIS year 8 judges Danielle Guldborg, Emily Morse and Flynn Gowans with visual arts teacher Stamatoula Boolieris at Brentwood Hotel, where they enjoyed lunch courtesy of Paul on Monday. Absent is Esme Olney-Boyd. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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