Karis' effervescent personality, willingness and self-motivation combine to present her as a standout student. She was top of her year at school in 2007 and 2008. Throughout high school she maintained an impressive academic record and completed NCEA levels 1, 2 and 3 with an Excellence endorsement.
As well as her academic studies, Karis involved herself fully in numerous other aspects of school life with music taking focus. Being a talented Flautist, Karis won a scholarship to attend the prestigious Cazadero Music Camp for two weeks in California in 2008. In 2009 she sat her Grade 6 Trinity Guildhall Examinations.
Donna Marra, from Foodstuffs Auckland noticed "Karis' desire to accept all opportunities that are presented to her be it the Brain Bee competition, attending a performing art camp in California, song writing or being part of the School Robotics team, she has a ton of get up and go."
This young woman has an enthusiasm for life (she completed a six month university exchange to France in 2013) and in Mid 2015 completed a Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Music conjoint degree in Psychology and French from the University of Auckland.
Karis is currently working part-time as a Home Support Worker for IDEA Services, supporting four young people with disabilities and challenging behaviour. She is also running a Music Therapy Programme called High Notes at the Onehunga Community Centre and volunteering for Starjam - A performing arts association for young people with disability as well as volunteering as a helpline counsellor at Youthline.
Karis hopes to continue with post graduate studies in 2016.