New stage in life for award-winning teen
Nayland College’s Indigo Levett has played many roles on the stage and receiving the 2017 Palmer Award was her secondary school swan song.
The school’s Palmer Award is considered a higher honour than dux and is presented for all-round achievement in academic, cultural, sporting and citizenship areas.
Given a laptop and $400 for the distinction, Levett has been no stranger to being in the limelight.
She said she had been involved with many performing arts events throughout college, but this year had been big for her when it came to the stage.
In both productions, including Great Expectations and Bye Bye Birdie she played ‘‘crazy old lady’’ roles but her talent wasn’t limited.
Entering a play into the Nelson Fringe Festival with some students from Nelson College, the team won Audience Favourite.
The biggest win for Levett was at the SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival where she was selected to perform with 24 other Kiwi students on London’s Globe stage in July next year. ‘‘It’s been a very good year.’’ Levett said the highlight was doing a speech at Nelson’s ANZAC dawn parade.
Having a passion for performing arts and the environment has meant a large involvement at school in those areas.
‘‘Those are the things I’ve put a lot of time into and really passionate about going forth in the future as well.’’
She was also involved in mentoring and debating.
Plans for work and travel next year leave Levett time to decide what she wants to study.
‘‘I’m pretty torn. Possibly drama school, possibly studying environmental science, or maybe med school or vet school.
‘‘It’s a pretty privileged position to be in. I’m very lucky to have so many things I want to do.’’
Indigo Levett, receiver of the 2017 Palmer Award for all-round achievement in academic, cultural, sporting and citizenship areas.