Anything is possible with hard work- KZN's top matric

2008-12-30 00:00

The shy teenager broke into a smile as he collected his award from Education MEC Ina Cronjé and head of department Dr Cassius Lubisi at an awards function at the Albert Luthuli International Conference Centre yesterday.

He told The Witness that he worked hard throughout his school career and was ecstatic about being KZN’s top matriculant. Schmid scored nine distinctions, including 100% for mathematics.

Schmid said his favourite subjects were mathematics and physical science. He will study mechanical engineering at the University of Cape Town (UCT) next year.

“I enjoyed school, but now it’s off to university. I’m really looking forward to that and plan on working hard there too,” he said. “It has been awesome and the sky’s the limit for me right now,” he said.

Christopher Guattari-Stafford, also of Westville Boys’ High, took second place.

He said Schmid was good competition for him and that the “friendly rivalry” had helped with his results. “It’s a good sort of rivalry because we are good friends too. We kind of extend each other when it comes to our academic work,” he said.

Guattari-Stafford said he was not surprised by his results because he had worked consistently throughout the year. “I was expecting this. I’m happy that the examination went well. … I’m looking forward to new things,” he said.

Guattari-Stafford plans to study for a BCom accounting degree at the UCT next year.

Danville Park Girls’ High pupil Jivani Chetty was KZN’s top female pupil. Besides taking third place, Chetty also walked off with the top position in the Umlazi District.

The soft-spoken Chetty said her matric year was challenging. However, she stayed focused on her goals. Besides getting distinctions in seven subjects, she also passed information technology and mathematics 3 with flying colours. “It was lots of hard work and I’m glad it’s over now. I’m really happy with my results and plan on celebrating with my family and friends.”

Effingham Secondary’s Kameshni Govender was placed fifth in the province and was named the top female pupil for mathematics and physical science.

“It was a lot of fun but also hard work. I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would make the top 10,” she said.

Other pupils in the top 10 were Pavit Ramnarain, Kameshni Govender, Sivenderen Thaver, Pamela Wood, Dane Perumal, Namrata Jugwanth, Lisa Peralta and Bronwyn Bosch.

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