Pelham’s ‘bright spark’ shines in KZN

2018-01-10 06:00
Hannah ParakPHOTO: supplied

Hannah ParakPHOTO: supplied

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“TIME management and hard work is everything,” said 17-year old Hannah Parak from Pelham after earning eight distinctions in matric.

Hannah, a Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School pupil came third in KwaZulu-Natal with her outstanding results.

Speaking to Maritzburg Fever she said although she expected good results, she did not expect to be placed third in KZN.

“I studied very hard but did not put too much pressure on myself. I had time management. You have to manage your time for studying.”

Hannah obtained distinctions in maths, physical sciences, life sciences, life orientation, Afrikaans, English, information technology and geography.

“I found the examinations very difficult, but I still had hope I would do well. It is important not to lose hope even when it is difficult.

“You need to compromise and prioritise your school work for a year - it will be worth it at the end of the year.”

She said during exams her cellphone did not distract her, instead it helped her.

“A cellphone does not distract you if you use it wisely. I had my cellphone until I finished my exams.

I was using it to conduct research on the Internet and we also had a WhatsApp group at school.

“If you decide to keep your cellphone throughout exams you have to be self-disciplined.

Use it wisely and don’t neglect your school work.”

Hannah’s mother Fowzia said she is extremely proud of her daughter.

“She worked consistently hard for this but I did not imagine her being placed third in the province.

She has come first in her grade since Grade 1,” she said.

Hannah will be studying medicine at the University of Cape Town this year.

Hannah, who did not expect to be placed third in KZN, obtained distinctions in maths, physical sciences, life sciences, life orientation,

Afrikaans, English, information technology and geography.

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