One of Te Puke High School's past students, Fabienne Pislor, has had a successful first year at Waikato University. She achieved an A+ in all her eight papers which made her the recipient of a 2013 Alumni Prize for Excellence in her faculty of study, the Waikato Management School. In addition to this she also won a prize for being the top student in ACCT101 and an award for economics.
At the beginning of the year she won the Brian Smith Memorial Entrance scholarship.
Also, earlier this year she received a letter saying she had made it into the Golden Key International Honour Society, a worldwide society that recognises high academic achievement across all disciplines at university.