Balancing golf with exams and dorm fun all paid off

2015-12-30 10:30
Hard work and sacrifices were the main ingredients in Hilton College boy Antonios “Tony” Makris’s success in this year’s Independent Examinations Board (IEB) National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations.

Hard work and sacrifices were the main ingredients in Hilton College boy Antonios “Tony” Makris’s success in this year’s Independent Examinations Board (IEB) National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - Hard work and sacrifices were the main ingredients in Hilton College boy Antonios “Tony” Makris’s success in this year’s Independent Examinations Board (IEB) National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations.

Makris bagged eight distinctions in accounting, Afrikaans, economics, English, geography, life orientation, mathematics and physical science.

Speaking to The Witness from a golf course on the North Coast, Makris said that he was confident through his examinations, until after he wrote Afrikaans paper one — “I wasn’t so sure about doing well”.

“I had a genuinely good year and sacrificed going out with friends. I dedicated my holidays to studying and concentrating on my work,” said Makris.

He said the key to doing well was to avoid cramming before an examination.

The Pietermaritzburg matriculant will be moving to Gauteng to study Accounting Sciences at the University of Pretoria.

When asked where he sees himself in 10 years, Makris laughed, saying he hoped he would be qualified by then.

“I know BComm Accounting Science is very difficult and if I pass every year well, I will still be studying for the next seven years,” he laughed.

Makris, an aspiring golf player, balanced playing golf with his studying. He said that most of the team players were matriculants and they would often help each other study as they also had to play in golf tournaments on weekends.

He said his most memorable moments this year were having fun with his Ellis House dormitory mates.

“I want to thank my dorm for all the good times we spent together and for helping me get through exams,” he said. He also thanked his parents and teachers for their support through his schooling career.

“My teachers would always sacrifice their spare time to make sure we understood what was going on. They always gave us their extra time after school and during the breaks,” added Makris.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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