Weber School pupil Josie Free is an outstanding leader, staff at the school say.
And last Friday, Josie was awarded the Sir Peter Blake Young Leader award for showing leadership within the school and the community.
"She's got the X-factor," Karen Phelps, a teacher at the school, told the Dannevirke News. "Josie is the type of person who is always looking to set the bar higher, not just academically, but also in sport."
Adrian Berry, the manager of Dannevirke's Westpac Bank, presented the award at a ceremony at the school. The bank has been the primary sponsor of the Sir Peter Blake Trust for the past nine years, with 220 primary and intermediate schools taking part in the annual awards programme this year.
"These young students are the future generation of New Zealand leaders," Mr Berry said.
"Hopefully this award will encourage and inspire Josie's friends and peers to see what great leadership looks like, so they can do the same."
Garry Rose, Josie's teacher, says she is non-judgmental and a diplomatic leader.
"Josie can think outside the square and relates well to adults and her peers... "There were a number of pupils in the senior class who had the potential to win this award, but we couldn't nominate them all.
"It was a hard choice, but Josie shows the resilience and determination of a country kid, academically and on the sports field. She was a member of our school's hockey team which won the interschool seven-aside competition against tough opposition from much larger schools and she's always aiming higher."
Bindy, Josie's mum, had raced from scanning ewes to the school for their end-of-term celebration of learning, unaware her daughter was going to be presented with the award. "I'm very proud. This is awesome," she said, wiping away tears.