"The more things you know, the more the things around you make sense.''
"Most days, I'm up with the birds and I seldom get home before dark.''
A well-hidden competitive spirit and a devotion to academic achievement, sporting success and being a respected leader means Campbell Garry (18) is always on the run trying to keep up with his commitments.
Since breaking his first window with a golf ball when he was 3, Scott Rome (18) has seemingly never put the club down.
A five-hour test followed by a five-hour practical may not be everyone's idea of a great break.
Succeeding in whatever she sets out to do and getting it right the first time are important to Anna Enright.
Moving from Auckland to Cromwell without his family did not bother Sean Knight - in fact, he thrives on living independently and pursuing activities he loves.
Despite appearing poles apart, Farryn Crawford displays grace and skill in two very different fields - dance and rugby.
Taking a seasonal approach to sport suits Nicole Venz, who dominates netball in winter and tennis in summer.
Witnessing families living in poverty and squalor in southern India as a 6-yearold made a lasting impression on Rosie Paterson (17).
Corwin Newall (17) is a one-man-band with a penchant for penning his own tunes.
Overcoming physical sporting injuries poses the greatest challenge for sports nut Sara Matchett.
Extreme sports lover Lewis Ferris is not fazed by a lack of competition in his favourite activity, he just makes the most of getting out there and doing it.
Music and dance allow Bethany Cox the freedom to be in her own world full of creativity and, in her case, achievement.
"PE is a most fascinating subject.''
Jessica Todd may look like a lean, mean fighting machine, but beneath the New Zealand champion wrestler's thick skin lies a calm and gentle 17-year-old.
"Balancing music, volunteer commitments, school work and a job can be a nightmare some days.
"There's nothing like the freedom and peace of being out on the road with the wind in my hair - it spins my wheels.''
It is fair to say Steven Cromb (18) is a quick study.
"I don't see why people would want to work in an office when you can do acting and get paid for it. It's my dream job.''