Max Bicknell, 15
Marlborough Boys' College
Q. The three words that best describe me are ... dedicated, fun and assertive.
Q. It's a bit uncool but I love ... watching Glee.
Q. In five years time, I'd love to be ... studying at university overseas living life to the fullest.
Q. Will you live in Marlborough when you leave school?
A. I'd prefer living overseas or in a city for my young adult life but I can definitely see myself coming back to raise a family or settle down.
Q. One thing adults really need to understand about teenagers is ... even though some teenagers party all the time and waste their lives, there are still heaps of young people making the most out of their teenage years and helping the community. Just remember that.
Q. What's your favourite subject at school?
A. I like all my subjects but I particularly like maths, history and English because they are my strongest subjects and I have great teachers. I also love music, science and graphics. I guess to be fair, I just love all of them.
Q. You row for Marlborough Boys' College. How did you get into rowing, what has been the highlight and the low point?
A. A family friend did rowing and I liked the look of it and joined. I think the highlight would be making the A final at Maadi this year and having a really good race. Lowlight, probably coming second at South Island Secondary Schools last year.
Q. What gaming platform do you use and what is your all-time favourite game?
A. I play on the PlayStation 3 and my favourite game would be Portal 2. It's a game that requires heaps of intellect, like you have to be able to work different things out to unlock new levels. I like to test myself with challenging games.
Q. Tell us about your social life. What do 15-year-old boys in Marlborough do on a Saturday night?
A. It varies. Sometimes it might be hanging out with friends in town or at someone's house or it could be jumping on my bike with some mates and going for a night bike ride. We like to ride up towards the Wairau Valley and back, as it is a chance for us all to socialise and clear the cobwebs, as they say.
Q. You're into tramping and camping. Who introduced you to the outdoors and what you love about it?
A. I was first properly introduced to tramping by a teacher at my school through the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and I love it because of the sense of achievement and the scenery. It provides such great memories and I want to continue doing it for as long as I can.
Q. Tell us about a memorable tramping or camping trip.
A. My favourite camping trip would have to be one with Callum, Quinn and Nick when we went up to the Pine Valley and slept in the hut for a few nights. Three people from California stayed with us and they were really cool. They had some great stories to tell us and over the time they spent with us I learned a heap. It was a great and very fun trip.
- The Marlborough Express