Learners make school proud

2018-02-20 06:01
Benjamin Stannard and Chase Newel. PHOTO: Nomzamo yuku

Benjamin Stannard and Chase Newel. PHOTO: Nomzamo yuku

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Two Pinelands High School learners have been selected to represent the school and the country in two different international competitions this year.

In March, Benjamin Stannard will represent South Africa in the SA u.16 development water polo team taking part in Cana Zone IV Water Polo Championships in ­Durban­.

Chase Newel has been selected to represent the country at the Intel International Science Fair to be held at Pittsburgh, USA.

Stannard has reportedly won various local and provincial competitions, representing the first team of the school

He is looking forward to the competition. “It was like a goal of mine back in the day to represent the country and be part of a national team along with my friends who are already competing at this level. This is like a dream come true for me.”

He says his team trains often, including on weekends, to prepare for their competitions­.

Newel won a gold medal, as well as awards for outstanding engineering and “Eskom energy efficiency”, at the International Science Fair, held in Johannesburg in October last year. His project, called “The Design and Testing of an Ankle Induction Coil Cellphone Charger”, tries to charge mobile phones using a special coil in an ankle pocket during movements. He did not want to reveal more details as he hopes to continue developing the idea.

He says he has been working on this project since he was in Grade 9 and has won at different levels. He says he has loved science since he was in primary school and is proud that he finally got the opportunity to attend the fair.

“It is always about the first steps, your small idea may develop or change over time so just try to find what you are passionate about and do it.”

Barbara Fagaji, marketing director of the school, says the two are good ambassadors for the school. She says the school is proud of the learners and wishes them the best for their competitions.She says the school supports learners in every aspect and exposes them to opportunities that would help them fulfil their interests.

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