There’s no such thing as a dull moment for Lance Ruehorn.
This year, the Waitaki Boys’ High School prefect has umpired hockey games, managed a school musical, worked part-time, taken a lot of fine photographs, and kept up with his academic studies.
He has also been recovering from back surgery.
“It’s been a very busy year,” he smiled.
Lance, who has type 1 diabetes, was also announced as the national academic winner of the John McLaren youth award.
The awards are run by Diabetes Youth New Zealand and recognise the pursuit of excellence across cultural, academic and sporting fields by young people with diabetes.
He found out he was the recipient after receiving a phone call from a spokeswoman at diabetes youth while having lunch with his girlfriend.
“She was explaining to me that I won the award,” he said.
“They were very amazed at how well I’ve persevered, been resilient, and made the most of everything that has been given to me.
“That’s really built up my leadership skills and it’s shown that I have the potential to be a leader in the community in whatever field I chose to go into.”
The award consisted of a $1500 scholarship and a $50 gift card from Diabetes Otago.
Lance, who was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 6, said it was the courage and support from his family that kept him moving forward.
Next year, he plans to move to Dunedin, where he will study for a diploma in hospitality and management at Otago Polytechnic.
Lance said it was his dream to run his own bar or cafe in the future.