Dunstan High School deputy head girl Emily Campbell (18) is not scared of putting her best foot forward.
It is fortunate Gore High School prefect Angus McDonald likes a challenge; the 17-year-old competes in triathlon events which combine the gruelling disciplines of swimming, cycling and running.
Although it sounds more like the subtext of a Janet Frame novel, living on the Maniototo is a source of inspiration for senior pupil Holly Heron.
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.
Sporting successes have taken Lawrence Area School house captain Sarah Williams to many corners of New Zealand.
Since the day Lawrence Area School head girl Sharon Oosterbroek could walk, she has been running from one challenge to the next.
Kings High School pupil Sam Brown (17) says every cloud has a silver lining.
The recipe for success is all in the dessert, according to Kavanagh College cultural prefect Nick Swindells.
Although Kavanagh College tutor prefect Jordan Redding's life is never far from the "good book", it has not stopped him from transforming his choirboy voice into that of a "rocker".
Alec Dawson (17) got his acting debut in a James Bond spoof action film in which the characters were played by shoes.
For Kings High School head boy Kai Daniel, cricket and rugby fields are his "home away from home".
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).
Mt Aspiring College year 13 pupil Hamish McDougall (17) says life is about taking the ups with downs, and as a competitive free skier, there are plenty of both.
Blasts from the past are Stephen Trebilco's primary passion.
Forget the feet - the sport Mt Aspiring College year 13 pupil Fraser McDougall excels at may well be the ultimate in thinking on your skis.
Although she is far from pessimistic, Roxburgh Area School head pupil Aleisha Davidson (17) often finds herself thinking about ends.
Otago Boys High School prefect Blair Tarrant says his inspiration to train, be the best and win, no matter what hurdles life throws at him comes from Muhammad Ali, and hopes it will give him his shot at playing hockey with the Black Sticks.
Queens High School student council leader Philippa Mackay is a high flyer.
"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?"'
One of Patricia Larsen's earliest memories was of her mother using chemicals to set fire to her hands without burning them.