Ex-Rangi Ruru pupil in top 10 for exams
Pip Trevella can lay a reasonable claim to being the smartest teenager in Christchurch.
The former Rangi Ruru Girls' School pupil is one of only 10 secondary school pupils in the country - and the only Cantabrian - to receive a premier award for her performance in last year's New Zealand Scholarship exams.
Trevella received outstanding scholarships for three of her year 13 subjects, and scholarships for another two.
The 17-year-old said she was shocked to hear of her award.
"It was so exciting. I honestly never thought I was going to get it," she said.
"I didn't think any of [the exams] were terrible, but when you leave them you just try to forget about it."
Trevella is heading to Auckland University to study chemistry and pharmacology. She hopes to work in sports medicine, having enjoyed success as a middle-distance runner.
Trevella said she was sad to leave the school but was looking forward to the challenge of university.
"After five years it is sad to say goodbye to my friends because they're all going in different directions, but it's also exciting because it's a new start," she said.
Rangi Ruru principal Julie Moor said Trevella was an outstanding pupil who had balanced her academic achievements with representing New Zealand at the world schools cross-country championships in Malta, where she came ninth.
Several other Canterbury pupils picked up prizes.
Nasif Azam, of Lincoln High School, John Kwak, from Christ's College, Julia Pigou, of Christchurch Girls' High, and Benjamin Wilson, from Shirley Boys' High, were outstanding scholars, while Rebecca Hawkes, of Rangi Ruru, was the top scholar for visual arts, painting.
Outstanding scholarship: Biology, chemistry, statistics and modelling.
Scholarship: Art history, English.