100 % for Oprah's girls

By Drum Digital
01 January 2015

The school is empowering many young women.

The fourth graduating class of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG), affectionately referred to as the O-Paragons, again achieved a 100% pass rate -completing the National Senior Certificate under the Independent Examinations Board (IEB). The O-Paragons, comprising of 58 girls, graduated with a combined total of 103 distinctions.

The Academy has yet again achieved 100% Bachelor’s Degree passes which potentially allows every girl entry to Degree studies at a university. The Academy’s top three achievers Angelica Le Roux, Dominic Tarr and Amber Nienaber passed with a combined 18 distinctions.

“Each year, our graduates continue to be an inspiration for their juniors and the staff at OWLAG. Their hard work, dedication and commitment to excellence, both academically and socially, has shown that they have the ability to excel, and to move beyond their challenging circumstances,” says Melvin King, Head of Academy.

"We are delighted with the excellent results across the class of 2014. Their achievements are testament that given the right support and environment, anyone despite their background, can be successful. We will continue to nurture this generation of transformative South African women leaders,” concluded King.

The school was opened in January 2007 and was founded by media mogul Oprah Winfrey.

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