While some say sporting injuries are career breakers, Bayfield High School head girl Roxanne White (17) says they can also be career makers.
Being the youngest of three sisters has meant Alice Marsh (17) has had to fight for everything she wants.
Blair Soper (17) is planning a career as a delivery boy - but not just any old delivery boy.
Coming from a large theatrical family, it is no wonder Katarina Schwarz became involved in the performing arts.
Making the move from Auckland to Wanaka was a highlight in Sarah Cashen's life and allowed her to embrace an area she loves - the outdoors.
As head of a youth group in Ranfurly, Bethany Summers has had plenty of practice for her future teaching career.
Expressing himself as both an artist and a sportsman is important to Cobie Stringer.
"If someone were to leave an unsolved equation on the whiteboard, I don't think I would be able to stop myself from solving it. I'd have to have a look at it.''
Caitlin Miller may seem rushed off her feet making a name for herself on flute, percussion, ukulele and piano accordion, but she still finds time to distinguish herself academically.
He followed in his father's footsteps and now they fight fires together.
When Lima Manu (18) was still in preschool, it wasn't uncommon to see him moon-walking around his parents' living room singing the words of Michael Jackson songs using his brother's hockey stick as a microphone.
Sometimes it means stepping out of his ‘‘comfort zone'', but Kings High School head boy Luke Johnston has made a determined effort to participate in everything on offer at the school this year.
Chris Ashton could not be happier that a clothing venture that started out as a way of earning money while studying has turned into a full-time business.
Here is an update on the recipients of The Otago Daily Times Class Act 2002.
Jesse Robertson recently proposed to his girlfriend inside a volcano.
When Sarah Noble was small, her father played Lucia Popp's Mozart arias for her and sealed her fate.
Andy Mcmillan was gutted not to qualify for last year's Olympic Games.
The class of '02 has stepped into a world racked by recession and uncertainty. But as Kim Dungey discovered, it is not slowing them down.
The Otago Daily Times Class Act initiative identifies and celebrates the excellence of young people in our province.
"If you really want it, and you want it above everything else, you'll make it."