New stage in life for award-win­ning teen

Nelson Mail - - NEWS - CARLY GOOCH

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.

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