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.
When Nanae Sato came to New Zealand to study at Columba College, the music prefect could barely speak a word of English.
Bayfield High School head boy Jamie McBride plans to march in his father's footsteps and become a medic in the army.
Talk about Winston Peters and Owen Glenn got sidelined yesterday while Prime Minister Helen Clark squarely focused her attention on Otago's elite secondary school pupils at the 2008 Otago Daily Times Class Act awards.
"Reading something that clicks in my mind, makes me think and keeps me smiling all day, is a good day in my book."
The Otago Daily Times' Class Act initiative identifies and celebrates the excellence of young people in our province.
All roads lead to the catwalks of Paris, Milan, London and New York for Columba College pupil Nicole Clulee.
Bayfield High School head girl Sammy Benson-Pope does not let life's challenges bog her down.
Whether he's on dry land or in the water - it is no exaggeration to say Cromwell College prefect Rob Gillespie (17) is in his element.
For Cromwell College Head Girl Emma Rankin (17) the phrase "getting lost in the music" is anything but a cliche.
A career in teaching or banking may keep Blue Mountain College deputy head girl Kirsten McIntyre (18) on her toes - but after recent experience as a dance tutor and sports coach that's exactly what she wants.
Communication is key for Blue Mountain College prefect Anna Venz (17) - both on the sports field and in the many speech and drama events in which she participates.
Kaikorai Valley College international student leader Luisa Abadie (17) is stitching up a career as an educator in fabric technology.
Kaikorai Valley College pupil Peter Bernhardt will try anything once, but admits some things shouldn't be tried twice.
There is no place for tour guides in the travels of John McGlashan College head prefect Luke Robson (18).
It is best to accept life may involve a few bunkers and birdies according to Gore High School prefect Cameron Winsloe (18).
Jon Thom says striking a balance in life is important - and it needs to be.
"A simple, meaningful smile can get anyone through difficult times."
Life is not difficult for East Otago High School head boy Lachlan Matchett - it's rocket science.
When John McGlashan deputy head boy Tom Dysart is not jamming with his band, he is cramming sporting and academic commitments into his hectic day.