Wartburg’s Rencken tops Olympiad

2015-10-21 10:08
Christiane Rencken (18), a matric pupil from Wartburg-Kirchdorf School, has taken first place in South Africa for this year’s Consumer Studies Olympiad.

Christiane Rencken (18), a matric pupil from Wartburg-Kirchdorf School, has taken first place in South Africa for this year’s Consumer Studies Olympiad. (Ian Carbutt)

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Pietermaritzburg - A Wartburg-Kirchdorf matric pupil has taken first place in South Africa in this year’s Consumer ­Studies Olympiad, beating 4 316 ­participants.

“I was not expecting anything, honestly. It actually came as a surprise,” said Christiane Rencken (18).

“The first test was in July and I thought it was an average paper but I did not really expect much. After writing my second paper, I told my mother not to expect too much, as I had made it this far,” she added.

The prize-giving ceremony was held recently at the University of Free State in Bloemfontein.

“I consider myself lucky that I won. Grace and mercy got me through,” she said. “My time in Bloemfontein was absolutely amazing. They put so much effort into making it a social gathering rather than an academic event, which was really remarkable ­because after our second paper we were able to relax,” she said.

Spokesperson for Wartburg-Kirchdorf School Peter Smith said, “We are very proud of her.

“This is not the first time she’s ­excelled. She is a very academic pupil and we are looking forward to getting some exciting results for her matric exams.”

Rencken’s teacher Meira Kohne said it was a “heart-warming, inspiring and motivating experience. “Consumer Studies has done ­Wartburg Kirchdorf School proud ...”

Rencken was also rewarded with a bursary for the University of Free State but will not use it as she plans to go Pretoria next year to study teaching.

Rencken’s mother Elizabeth ­Rencken said, “I am very proud of her. Being at the prize-giving was ­amazing. It was an enjoyable ­celebration and everyone got a prize, but Christiane’s prize was a surprise to me as well.”

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