Star pupil wants to change the world, starting at home

2018-11-27 06:00

WHEN Anouk Bonamy Klijnstra started senior primary school, she informed her parents that she would like to be the first democratically elected female president of South Africa.

Talking to the Fever, Anouk said that her aim in life is to uplift people by making a real change, teaching skills, and providing opportunity to those in need.

Anouk is a top pupil in her grade who is on a 100% scholarship awarded by Hillcrest High School. She holds the title of best speaker for her debate team, and she was recently approached to represent her school and country in the Czech Republic for debating next year. The grade nine pupil explained what inspires her to persevere at school: “One of the many things is I love making my parents and family proud of me.

“I want to work to the best of my ability and then enjoy the rewards, such as keeping my scholarship and overall feeling good about myself and satisfied with my results.”

Always looking to push herself further, Anouk noted that she’s very hard on herself, and if a mark is not what she expected, it makes her upset: “Being hard on myself is a stepping stone for me as I want to try and make a difference in this world by empowering people, especially women because I would like to promote equality.

“When I’m older I want to get out and help people, create opportunities for them, allow them to make something for themselves,” she said.

When she was in grade seven, Anouk said she was chosen to be part of the Eskom Science Expo, an event she is proud to be a part of again this year.

“I was so very happy and ecstatic when I found out that I had made it, and when I told my parents, my mother’s expression made me happy and that’s why I put so much pressure on myself,” shared the pupil.

In parting, Anouk said her message to the youth is that they should be aware of what’s happening in the world so that they’ll be able to create an opinion of their own and promote what they believe in.

“They need to be themselves and get out there, express themselves as who they are without worrying about what people may say,” she said.

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