Violin helped him to succeed

2013-12-31 00:00

MASTERING the violin secured him a bursary to study at the prestigious Kearsney College, but in the end it was sheer drive and academic excellence that saw Daniel Kolev achieving 10 distinctions in the Independent Examinations Board matric exams.

Daniel is one of the pupils who nationally ranked in the top five percent of pupils with six or more subjects.

He thanked his teachers for his achievement, adding he had to strike a balance between his academics, extramural activities and being the head of orchestra at Kearsney College.

“I only have myself to commend for my success,” he joked, adding that his parents pushed him just enough to be where he is today.

“But I think they pushed me more on violin because they wanted me to get a scholarship at Kearsney College. That’s how I got chosen.”

Without the bursary, he would not have been able to afford to attend Kearsney College in Botha’s Hill. His parents are both professional musicians and originally from Bulgaria.

For Accounting he received 93%; Afrikaans First Additional Language 90%; English Home Language 86%; German Second Additional Language 93%; Life Orientation 90%; Mathematics 98%; Mathematics paper 3 89%; Music 92%; Physical Sciences 98% and Advanced Programme Mathematics 85%.

Daniel is definitely looking forward to studying Mechatronic Engineering at the University of Cape Town next year, but also dreams of becoming a pilot as well.

In his matric year, he was awarded academic honours Cum Laude, subject prizes for Music and Music Competence; the departmental award for extraordinary commitment and continuous achievement in Afrikaans, head of orchestra and concert master.

Daniel also played cricket, soccer and tennis for the school.

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