Stratford High School's three top students are all off to pursue studies in the field of health next year.
The three year 13 students have been busy preparing for exams but feeling pretty happy with themselves after taking out the school's top scholar awards.
Jasmine Baker received the Stratford High School Dux Medal and her twin sister Justine and Dale Stanners were jointly awarded the Sextus Family Trophy for Proxime Accessit 2017.
They are all furthering their studies next year with Dale off to Otago to study health science, Jasmine heading to UCOL in Palmerston North to study medical imaging and Justine off to WITT to study nursing.
Jasmine came first in Chemistry, first equal in Physics and first in Textiles Technology.
She received the H.C. Johnson Memorial Challenge Trophy for Senior Mathematics and Science, the Maata W.I Trophy Excellence in Senior Fabric Technology and the Arnold Cox Cup Outstanding Technology Student.
Jasmine also came second in biology and second in Statistics and Modelling.
Her twin sister Justine was awarded the Kimber Trophy for coming first in Year 13 Geography. She came first equal in Physics, second in Biology, third equal in Chemistry and third in Statistics and Modelling.
The twins are looking forward to the holidays as they are off to Switzerland for three weeks to visit their extended family. "It will be a good break and something to look forward to after studying," says Jasmine.
Although they miss each other a lot next year when they head off in different directions, they are looking forward to furthering their studies.
"It will be good to do something different," says Justine.
Dale, who lives in Eltham, says he is proud of his achievements during the year. He came first in biology and was awarded the A.H.R. Amess Cup for coming first Year 13 English. He came second in Chemistry, third in Physics and gained distinction in statistics and modelling.
One of his favourite subjects is biology, learning about how life works. Dale is hoping to get into the field of medical laboratory science which develops cures for diseases and new treatments.
"It's a good way to help people but also interesting." Dale enjoyed his time at school where he was a house leader for Trimble and was involved in the Peer Support Programme which looks after and guides year nine students. He played hockey and was captain for the B team.
"It's been really good getting to know the people in my year - there is such a wide range of people. I will miss all of my friends. The teachers are all really nice people and easy to learn from."