6 A marks put boy right on top

2007-12-29 00:00

Frederick (18) only discovered his success at the Education Department matric function yesterday.

“I only found out when it was announced here today. I was literally in shock and lost for words,” he said.

He will be going to the University of KwaZulu-Natal for Electrical Engineering next year.

“That was the best balance I could find between my passion and making money,” he joked.

The secret to success for Frederick, who has been top of his class right through high school, was simple. “I’m here through hard work and dedication. And that’s it. I would like to thank my family and the support of two close friends. Without them, things would have been different.”

In an impromptu speech to his peers, parents and teachers, he said his motto has always been: “Every setback is a set-up for a comeback.”

Two Pietermaritzburg schools have pupils in the provincial top 10: Voortrekker Hoërskool’s Rosemary O’Neill, who achieved seven distinctions, was placed seventh, with Ross Forder of Carter High second in the district and ninth in KZN.

In other districts, Nadia Von Wielligh from Newcastle High received nine distinctions and came first in her district, Amajuba.

This year’s top African learners in maths and science surprised everyone by receiving full marks in both subjects at higher grade.

They were Siyabonga Ntanzi from Menzi High School and Londeko Nxumalo from Umlazi Comtech.

Durban Girls’ High pupil Naidu Neshica was this year’s top girl learner in maths and science.

“I am excited, shocked and happy, all at the same time. They told me I just missed the top 10 in the province.”

Naidu received eight distinctions and didn’t even bother buying the newspaper for the results.

She said she has always liked maths and science and believes numbers are part of her gene-pool.

“My father is a former accountant, my sister is a chartered accountant with KPMG and my brother is in computer science.”

Naidu will follow suit by doing Actuarial Science at the University of Cape Town next year.

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