Some say a sporting injury is a career breaker. St Kevins College special character prefect Mairead Fox says it can be a career maker.
Ashleigh Calder is equally at home on the dance floor and the catwalk, but the active 17-year-old says she also finds directing from backstage highly rewarding.
Maniototo Area School year 12 pupil Alleessa Menzies is unassuming 16-year-old whose quiet confidence on the sports field and as a school leader is an inspiration to others.
Lights, camera, action... Emily Berryman (17) hopes to light up the world with a career in film and theatre, and give audiences a welcome escape from their daily trials and tribulations.
Taking a seasonal approach to sport suits Nicole Venz, who dominates netball in winter and tennis in summer.
They were the stars of their year back in 2004, poised to take on the world. Seven years on, Kim Dungey has caught up to see what they are doing now.
In 2001, 58 Otago secondary school pupils won Class Act awards for excellence. Now they are out in the big wide world. Kim Dungey tracks them down and finds out what they're up to.
Making it big in the small satellite market is the aim of Rocket Lab and a former Otago man is playing his part. Kim Dungey reports.
St Peters College pupil Paula MacKenzie has several strings to her bow, and says taking to the stage for music, dance or theatrical performances is "fun" rather than fear-inducing.
To be, or not to be a Shakespearean actor: that is the question that has been challenging Logan Park High School head girl Nell Guy (17).