SA pupil’s maths pass top of world

2013-07-04 00:00

OUTSTANDING achiever Sean Anderson (19) from Wembley achieved 100% for his advanced subsidiary levels mathematic examinations, and as a result was placed in the top of the world for this subject for 2012.

Anderson was a pupil at St Charles College last year and is currently in his first year at Stellenbosch University studying medicine.

As a schoolboy he always enjoyed mathematics.

He said he went through several past papers and studied exceptionally hard to achieve this excellent result.

He also credited his mathematics teacher, who had taught him since Grade 9.

Anderson’s secret to success is to study very hard, to know what you want, and live a balanced life.

When he is away from his books he enjoys playing the guitar and spending time with his friends and family. At school, he was part of the debating society and school band and was the head of the academic council.

Anderson’s mother, Pam, said she and the rest of the family were very proud of her son.

“It is unbelievable considering that this was an international ­exam. His father is also extremely proud of him,” Pam said.

She described her son as being loyal, diligent and conscientious.

“Sean has always been a very focused child who sets goals for himself. He is very committed and when he puts his mind to something, he achieves it.”

Anderson said it was a challenging jump for him from school to university as a medical student, but that the Cambridge syllabus from St Charles helped him tremendously.

He said he always wanted to study medicine, partly because his father is also a doctor and there are many job opportunities available in the medical field.

St Charles headmaster Allen van Blerk said both Anderson and another former pupil, Frank Kusel, (Dux of the College) obtained averages of 93,7% and were named as the joint top candidates in South ­Africa.

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