Top marks for talented teen

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After being named Wakatipu High School head girl at the start of the year, Bianca Crichton was told she’d struggle to balance head student duties with her studies.

She’s certainly put paid to that suggestion, after scooping the school’s top academic honour.

The talented teen was recently named dux for 2018.

“I was pretty over the moon,” the 17-year-old says.

The achievement’s the culmination of several years of hard work, starting back in year 9.

“It’s been pretty much all through high school, I didn’t just say at the start of this year that I wanted to be dux.

“Especially last year, I put in a lot of work to go for it, and I also just wanted to do well in my studies.”

She admits it’s been difficult to balance her workload “with everything else going on” – something signalled at the start of the year.

“A teacher told me I’d find it hard to balance being head girl with academic stuff.”

Not wanting to choose between leadership and her work, she put the hard yards in, and it’s paid off.

She’s planning to take a gap year and travel in 2019, before heading to the University of Otago in 2020.

She plans to study Health Science, while she tries to decide between medicine and neuroscience.