Michael von Seydlitz scooped 10 distinctions in his IEB exams.

2012-12-29 00:00

“SITTING at a desk studying for the whole day doesn’t work for me.”

So said Michael von Seydlitz from Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg — and he knows best.

Michael scored an amazing 10 distinctions in his IEB exams.

Speaking to Weekend Witness yesterday, he said his secret to success was a gift he was blessed with to easily grasp and understand concepts.

“I call it a gift because I didn’t get it by my own doing,” he said, adding that he had born with it.

The 18-year-old said he was humbled to have achieved his 10 distinctions. His performance earned him a spot on the IEB’s list of commendable and outstanding achievers.

When asked what his favourite subject was at school, he said he didn’t have any, before breaking into laughter.

Michael said the amount of time he dedicated to his studies during exams depended on how much work he had — and he didn’t follow any special diet.

However, he said studying previous question papers helped. His parents encouraged him, but without pressure.

Despite his academic prowess, Michael said he made sure his life was balanced between studies and extra-curricular activities. His fun time at school included playing sport and relaxing with friends.

Michael will be heading to Germany to study mechanical engineering, and hopes to return and work in South Africa.

Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg deputy principal Lothar Witthöft said: “The class of 2012 rocks! Congratulations all on your superb achievements! Once again, the matriculants have done themselves, their families and their school proud.”

All the school’s matrics passed with exemptions.

“Thanks go to the matriculants’ parents and families for their support and co-operation, and to all the teachers who worked together over the years to get them to this point,” said Witthöft.

• gabisile.ngcobo@witness.co.za

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