St Kevin’s College pupil Sarah Dodd has put in the hard yards.
Sarah (18) was recently awarded her gold Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award at a reception in Christchurch.
Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy presented the award to a “pretty stoked” Sarah.
“It was good to actually get presented with it and finish it.”
Sarah said she decided to pursue the award after being told about it by seniors when she was a junior pupil.
“Looking at seniors at school when I was a junior, they always said that .. it’s a lot of fun.”
One of her teachers, Russell Dixon, was someone else who inspired her to go for the award.
“He was always really supportive.”
Former St Kevin’s College pupil Ami Wallis was also presented with a gold Hillary Award at the ceremony.
The Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award is an international youth achievement award that started in New Zealand in 1963.
There are three levels to the award – bronze, silver and gold.
Each level has four specific sections in which participants need to complete activities, and gold has a fifth level.
The gold is the third and final level of the award and takes a minimum of 12 months to complete.
It is open to people between the ages of 16 and 24.