Young achiever chosen to represent school in U.S.

2010-04-20 00:00

RAISETHORPE Secondary matric pupil Abongile Nyokana has been chosen to represent her school and country at the People to People Student Leader programme in the United States.

From June 20, Abongile will visit places of historic and cultural interest and attend workshops and lectures in New York City and Philadelphia.

“Abongile will have the opportunity to promote peace, friendship and understanding by travelling to the U.S. to join a group of students comprised primarily of American citizens, but also including students of other nationalities,” said People to People’s Miranda Hamilton.

Accounting teacher Ram Reddy said he chose Abongile out of all the interested pupils because she is a clear leader. “Abongile’s results were astounding and she is a leader in all aspects,” he said.

Abongile said she is elated at being chosen to go on the programme. “I am very excited, this is an opportunity of a lifetime.”

“I’m looking forward to meeting children from other countries and learning from their experiences.”

While all expenses will be paid by People to People once Abongile arrives in the U.S., she will need to raise money for her flights.

She said she is planning to host a ball on May 22 to raise funds for the trip. While the details are yet to be finalised, Abongile said her father is working hard to make the event a success.

“I couldn’t deny my child this opportunity,” said her father, Lubadalo Nyokana. “We need to raise R40 000, and I am appealing to the public to help me raise this money.”

Details of fundraising initiatives can be obtained from Abongile at 072 328 9578.

Meanwhile, with just under a year of school left, Abongile is considering tertiary education.

“I want to be a civil engineer or a charted accountant or a doctor,” laughed Abongile.

Reddy said she could do any degree she wished, as she excels in all academic fields, including commerce, science and language.

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