Sky is the limit for accounting Olympiad winner

2017-11-02 06:01
Zakkiyya Hoosen with her awards and certificate she received at the SAICA Accounting Olympiad.PHOTO: ANDILE SITHOLE

Zakkiyya Hoosen with her awards and certificate she received at the SAICA Accounting Olympiad.PHOTO: ANDILE SITHOLE

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HARD work and commitment to studies paid off for Grade 12 Verulam Secondary­ pupil Zakkiyya Hoosen (18) after she excelled in the national and provincial­ accounting Olympiad in Durban recently.

Zakkiyya was declared the winner of the SAICA Senior Accounting Olympiad on national level when she defeated 4000 pupils from other provinces.

Each year SAICA invites the top Grade 11 and 12 accounting pupils from various schools to participate in their accounting Olympiad.

Zakkiyya achieved the highest mark of 97% nationally. Talking to Weekly she said she was humbled to win and thanked Verulam Secondary for delivering quality public education.

“I am overwhelmed. When my accounting teacher informed me that I am a provincial winner it took me some time to digest. I still haven’t fully digested it, but I’m extremely humbled.”

Zakkiyya attributes her success to God’s grace, hard work and honesty.

She was awarded a Canon printer and scanner, Lenovo laptop, Vodafone smart tab and R2 000.

She said her family and teachers have been supportive and encouraged her.

“My belief in God is my inspiration. I believe that He is the greatest and this belief spurs me on. The support I receive from my family and teachers also inspires me to do my best at all times.”

She wants to become a doctor.

“Next year I’ll study medicine at Wits University. I’ve always dreamt of becoming a doctor. Helping people is something I’m passionate about.”

She’s optimistic she will get outstanding results in the English paper 1 examination she wrote on Tuesday, October 23.

“It went well. Now all we can do is hope and pray for the best possible results.”

Her mother Yasmin said the family is over the moon after she was declared the provincial and national winner.

“She has always been a beautiful child and consistent in her work. She takes an interest in everything. I feel blessed to have a child like her in my family. Her father Mohamed is also proud of his daughter.”

The first competition was held in August and on August 26 Zakkiyya was declared the provincial winner at gala dinner in Durban ICC.

On September 28 she was announced the national winner at a function in Umhlanga.

Five pupils from the school featured in the top 20, nationally - Kiara Ramjathan, Jaran Govender, Kiasha Perumal, Pamela Thusi and Verisha Pillay.

Zakkiyya’s accounting teacher, Joanna Ramsamy said: “We are so proud of her sterling performance.

“She has worked consistently throughout the year and we are very proud of her.”

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