Free tuition and cash for Carter High’s language enthusiast

2016-08-10 06:00
Adam Butler (right) with the winner, Hannah Clayton (left), from Rustenburg High School for Girls and the head of De Beers, Tsepo Monaledi. De Beers sponsored Adam’s cash prize of R29 500. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Adam Butler (right) with the winner, Hannah Clayton (left), from Rustenburg High School for Girls and the head of De Beers, Tsepo Monaledi. De Beers sponsored Adam’s cash prize of R29 500. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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AFTER being ranked the best debater­ in KwaZulu-Natal last month, Carter High pupil Adam Butler (17) got another linguistic feather in his cap this week.

Adam was placed second in the regional­ De Beers English Olympiad, which won him free tuition for his first year at Rhodes University and R29 500 cash.

He received his award at a prize giving­ during the National Schools’ Festival­ in Grahamstown last weekend.

The English Olympiad is a regional competition that receives over 8 000 entries from across southern Africa.

Drawing inspiration from people he meets every day, Adam said writing along the topic of “Darkness in man’s heart” allowed him to be creative.

“Whenever I write anything, I start with a character, so all of my writing stems really from small parts of people I meet - whether it’s the way they walk or a particular phrase they use.”

Growing up he was always surrounded by books and became interested in forms of prose, especially drama­, which led to his involvement in debating.

Coming second in the Olympiad, Adam said the achievement merely validated­ his passion for writing and expressing himself.

“It has also enabled me to continue in my exploration of language and expression by providing a scholarship to Rhodes University that will pay all my tuition fees for first year,” he said.

Adam plans to register for a Bachelor­ of Arts degree majoring in politics and drama next year at university.

He added he also plans on getting a postgraduate certificate in education qualification “so I can return to Carter and teach my own works”.

“But I don’t want to get too ahead of myself as I am concentrating on my upcoming trial and final examinations and want to do well at the SA National Schools Debating Championships in December,” he said.

Adam thanked his English teacher, Allen Mabasa Zimunya, for his guidance and support in the build-up to the Olympiad.

“I also had the support of my best friend, Sne Dlamini, who attended the prize giving in Grahamstown with me last weekend,” he said.

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