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Humanity — human behaviour, biology, cultures and societies, in both the present and past.
Maniototo Area School head girl Anna Stuart has her sights firmly set on becoming an anthropologist.
She said she believed studying anthropology at the University of Otago from next year would be her ticket to exploring the world and immersing herself in other cultures and languages — both of which fascinate her.
Naturally an introvert, she said her role as head girl involved taking her out of her comfort zone to be a proud representative of school values.
It required her to show leadership in both the school and the community.
"As I have a naturally quiet personality.
"I have pushed myself to fulfil the public speaking aspect of these roles, and grown from the challenge."
Anna said she had done that by speaking at Ranfurly Anzac Day commemorations, the Maniototo Area School formal, and other school occasions.
She was also house captain of Hamilton’s house at school.
"I show leadership to the younger children at Maniototo Area School through my actions and involvement."
Last year she vice-skipped the Maniototo Area School girls curling team at the South Island Secondary Schools Curling competition and took the role of skip for a game in which the team won first place.
Off the ice she also plays hockey for Maniototo.
In her spare time, she enjoys drawing and creating art, video games and playing guitar.
Achievements: Winner of the annual academic prize for her year group every year she has attended Maniototo Area School (2012-2021); winner overall year academic prize and the subject prize in social studies for my academic achievements in year 12 (2020); merit endorsement overall in level 1 and 2 (2019, 2020); level 1 merit endorsement in English, history, maths and science (2019); Level 2 merit endorsement in English (2020); taken part in curling for fours years at a national level (2017, 2021); first place in junior women’s curling competition (2019, 2020), first place in South Island secondary schools curling competition (2019, 2020); second place in junior women’s competition (2018); second in South Island secondary schools curling competition (2017); second in national secondary schools curling competition (2019, 2020); third place in open women’s curling competition (2019); up for selection for the national women’s under-21 curling team (2022).
Role models: My parents, my father, Alan, is a pharmacist and my mother, Sandra, is a pharmacy technician.
Hopes for the future: To travel the world as an anthropologist.
Zoe Harman’s future career path will involve science — but which scientific discipline remains undecided.
One thing Zoe is adamant about is representing New Zealand in curling in competition internationally and she has the ultimate goal of wearing the silver fern at Winter Olympics level.
She is already on that path, as she was selected for the Lausanne 2020 Youth Winter Olympic Games and the New Zealand under-21 women’s curling team in 2019, both of which she credits as highlights.
She regarded the Youth Olympics as particularly special as her team exceeded expectations.
Zoe said her parents would take her and her siblings to the free curling lessons on Friday nights at the Naseby curling rink.
"I really liked it, so I changed schools and Mum and I moved to Ranfurly so I could be more involved with curling and be in competitions."
She also played netball for 11 years and hockey for two years for Maniototo.
While curling glory is a more long-term plan, her immediate plan is to study towards a bachelor of science at Lincoln University in Canterbury.
She had three directions to pursue — biology, horticulture or chemistry.
Her idea was study a combination of all three in her first year before settling on a discipline.
In terms of career, that was also a path yet to be paved.
She believed she would probably work in a scientific field for about a decade before switching to "probably" teaching science.
Achievements: NCEA level 1 and 2 (2019, 2020); Maniototo Area School sports prefect (2021); Maniototo Area School house leader (2021); Spirit of Adventure (2021); Area schools leadership camp (2021); Maniototo Area School girls’ swimming champ (2020, 2021); selected for New Zealand under-21 women’s curling team (2019, 2020); Lausanne 2020 Youth Winter Olympic Games NZ curling team, placed fourth in mixed fours (2020); Maniototo Area School girls’ curling team skip (2020, 2021); completed year one of the Otago Academy of Sport (2020); working towards year two (2021); first place at South Island secondary schools’ curling (2019, 2020); fourth place at national secondary schools curling (2019); second place at national secondary schools’ curling (2020); first place at New Zealand mixed fours curling (2018); third place at New Zealand open women’s curling (2019); first place at New Zealand open women’s curling (2020); first place at New Zealand under-21 women’s curling (2019); first place at New Zealand under-21 women’s curling (2020).
Role models: People in my community but a special shout-out to (curling coach) Peter Becker — he has coached just about everyone I know.
Hopes for the future: To represent New Zealand in curling at the Winter Olympics.