Queens High School: Cazna Savell

Cazna Savell
Cazna Savell
"People ask me what I'm doing after school and I give them a great big long list of activities. They say, 'Why do you do so much?' and I say, 'Why not?"'

Queens High School deputy head girl Cazna Savell (17) is co-president of the school's Interact Service Club, Wolfenden House associate, Parent Student Teachers Association member, Model United Nations Assembly delegate, Year 10 mentor, student council and school formal committee member.

Most days, Cazna is working on many of the activities for her fellow pupils and says while they are a lot of responsibility, there are many rewards.

She is a quiet leader, motivator and achiever, and says delegation is the key to her success.

"For many people, it's too easy to stand by the sideline and watch others do the work. I get them to do little things for a start and then they get sucked in.

"It's great to watch them grow and eventually they start to come up with initiatives to help. That's the biggest reward for me."

Earlier this year Cazna organised a "can drive" for the SPCA.

Initially it was for Interact Club members but it quickly grew into a school-wide activity.

"It was a competition between classes which brought a sense of community to the school as well as helping an important organisation."

Cazna wants to study law and politics at the University of Otago and is aiming to work in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

She hopes it will be a stepping stone to an apprenticeship in the United Nations.

Achievements: Merit award hockey (2007); School excellence awards in mathematics and geography (2007); School prize for English (2007); Cricket and hockey 1st XI (2008); Stage Challenge (2008).

Role model: New Zealand's United Nations ambassador in New York Rosemary Banks.

Hopes for the future: To become a United Nations delegate.

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