Saheti High School pupil gets 9 distinctions

2015-12-30 09:08
Nicholas Gonatas, a pupil from Saheti High School obtained 9 distinctions. (Supplied)

Nicholas Gonatas, a pupil from Saheti High School obtained 9 distinctions. (Supplied)

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Johannesburg – Saheti High School pupil Nicholas Gonatas, who has a black belt in taekwondo, added 9 matric distinctions to his list of achievements on Wednesday. 

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He got As in English, mathematics, physical science, history, information technology, life orientation, Afrikaans, Greek, and advanced programme mathematics.

“I am excited about my results, as they are the culmination of this year's hard work,” he said. 

Born and bred in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, Gonatas said the secret to his success was maintaining a balanced life at school, determination, and support from teachers and parents.

Next year, the 18-year-old wanted to study either actuarial science or nuclear sciences and engineering.

Sense of achievement

“I find both degrees to be satisfying and allow me to explore my passion for maths and science,” he said.

“Maths was my favourite subject. It enabled me to think laterally and helped me with my problem-solving skills and I found it had the most interesting content.”

Gonatas was a jack of all trades in sport, and a qualified lifeguard. 

“I am a black belt in taekwondo and have practiced it for seven years. It has formed part of my lifestyle and I will continue with it into my old age. I also played tennis, swam, played rugby, and I was victor ludorum at school for athletics,” he said.  

His parents never pushed him to do extra murals or get good academic results.

"They simply taught me to work for my own sense of pride and achievement, and always supported me along the way,” he said.

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