At only 17 years of age, Tava Tyrell is already a role model and leader for other young people.
As Head Girl at Hamilton Girls' High School in 2015, Tava has played an important role in leading other young people and inspiring them to achieve – and it's is challenge and responsibility she has enjoyed.
"It has been a privilege and an honour, as well as a humbling experience to have served a school of which I am most proud to be Head Girl," she says. "Through this role I have come to see the school from a different perspective."
Tava hasn’t limited her participation or success to one particular field - and her personal success is already impressive. She has received several awards for academic achievement and has served on the Hamilton Girls' High School Scholar Board, and was awarded the top Pacific Academic Award. However, her success goes beyond academic study: she was part of the Hamilton Girls' High First XV that won the New Zealand Secondary Schools Rugby Championship in 2014 and 2015.
Tava also has a passion for music and performing, and was part of the “TBirds” Barbershop Quartet that won the Waikato/Bay of Plenty award for best Young Women’s Quartet in 2013. She has a particular passion for Pasifika culture, and performs in the Hamilton Girls' High School Polynesian group. In 2015, the group became the first from Hamilton to win the Waikato Regional Cup. She also assists with teaching young children pacific dancing with the Talents of the Pacific Academy.
Tava’s positive attitude and willingness to be involved makes her a role model for other young people.
"Everything I do, 1700 girls will see that as well," she says. "I always try to ensure I lead as a positive example to those around me."
Marie Gordon, Principal of Hamilton Girls' High School, has found Tava to be a committed and inspirational Head Girl in 2015.
"Tava is a stunning young woman, who has inspired many. An extremely talented young woman, Tava has been an outstanding role model for her peers."
Tava’s time at Hamilton Girls' High School is coming to an end in 2015, but she is already planning her next steps – she will study management, majoring in economics, at the Waikato Business School at the University of Waikato.
Her advice for other young women is to give it their all.
"There should never be an end point to your goals. Don’t limit yourself, or let anyone say you can’t achieve. You can do anything set your mind to, as long as you give it your all and put 100 per cent into it."