Cheyene Hurunui won the performance art category in the Evento Wearable Art Awards competition in Feilding last weekend
The 17-year-old had is still amazed she was named as performance art winner.
"I was so nervous all the time. I still can't believe they picked me. It is so cool.''
She said it had basically been about what you can find lying around.
"It was fun and very creative.
"But to reach a high standard is quite difficult. It was quite a lot of work, but I loved it."
Cheyene said art was a big passion for her.
Winning students also included 15-year-old art student Mac Morgan, who said he had been designing all his life.
He was awarded a highly commended in the Plastic Lids section.
"It was a fantastic pop art selection which is so me. Lots of plastic and bright colours as well as a pair of big bright plastic boots."
Over the past thee years, the overall competition has been won by former student Millie Law from Taihape Area School.
Evento, the Feilding High School's Wearable Art Show, has become a major event in attracting visitors and sponsorship from across the region.
Now in its 21st year, it has grown in popularity and professionalism to the extent that it is now held at Manfeild Park Stadium and attracts an audience of 2000 people.
The show includes music, dance and performance art, as well as wearable art; all created by secondary school students.