‘Who, me?’ asks top pupil

2015-12-30 09:45
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Pietermaritzburg - A top Michaelhouse matriculant said he was surprised being among the country’s top achievers.

Charles Houston, who aced seven As in the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) National Senior Certificate (NSC) obtained distinctions in subjects including physics, maths, history, economics and Afrikaans first additional language.

The 18-year old said he is now preparing to study mechanical engineering at the University of Cape Town in 2016.

“I know I worked hard preparing for the exams. It took a lot of hard work revising over and over again but I didn’t expect to be among the top achievers,” said Houston.

Houston said he had to put his last efforts by studying during weekends.

“It was a final hurdle that I needed to leap over. I am happy with the results but they come as a surprise,” said the Michaelhouse teen. However Houston said his tight schedule with his books never distanced him from his friends. “We needed each other to confide in about challenges. Having a brief few moments with my friends was always refreshing. My parents have always been a good support system. I’m happy that I made them proud,” he said.

Houston said he is not planning on leaving the country for greener pastures abroad.

“I am not determined to leave the country, but wherever my career path leads I will follow. I love my country.”

• thabang.mathebula@witness.co.za

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