Carter High pupils win scholarships to U.S. and Germany

2011-06-16 00:00

TWO of Carter High’s top pupils have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend an academic year in the United States and Germany, but their families cannot afford to pay for their stay abroad.

Gwen Fynn (17) has been awarded a full scholarship to study at an American high school. She is due to jet off in August and will be in the U.S. until July 2012.

While all the essentials such as tuition and travel from South Africa to the U.S. are covered in the scholarship, she still needs money to cover expenses such as sporting tours, school excursions and travel within the U.S..

Trae Jamaloodeen (17) has won half a scholarship to study in Germany. He requires as much as R25 000 to cover all costs.

The grade 11 pupils were scouted by AFS Intercultural South Africa, a non-profit, volunteer-based student exchange organisation.

Pupils are selected from 25 countries. The winning candidates can go on the cultural exchange programme for two months, six months or a year.

Gwen is one of five pupils in South Africa who were chosen to go the U.S.

She came out tops as the successful candidate out of hundreds of pupils in KwaZulu-Natal vying for the opportunity after a rigorous selection process.

“We debated. We had to do self- presentations and we also wrote reports. But I think I was chosen because I was myself,” a poised and eloquent Gwen told The Witness.

She believes the fact that she considers herself a child of the rainbow nation might also have something to do with it.

“I told them that I was a rainbow nation [in myself] because my dad is coloured, my mother is Xhosa, my step-mom is Indian and my granddad is Irish,” said Gwen proudly.

Her stepmother, Indira Harry, believes Gwen’s selection was due to her excellence both in and out of class.

“She is an A student. She actually has a 50% scholarship at Carter, which was awarded since grade eight,” said Harry.

“She plays first-team hockey, she plays tennis, she is in the choir, she debates, she is part of the representative council of learners and peer counselling. She is a very independent and hard-working girl that would make it anywhere in the world.”

Trae was among the pupils vying for the scholarship to the U.S., but he plans to grab the opportunity to go to Germany with the same vigour.

“I’m very excited at the opportunity,” he told The Witness.

He is due to leave in September and stay until July next year.

The two pupils are appealing to any wellwishers who can help with a donation for them to take this unique chance in their lives.

Gwenn Fynn; Nedbank branch code 123825; account number

223 800 7520. Trae Jamaloodeen; Standard Bank branch code 047626; account number 063092905.

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