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Sybrand’s top 10 receive awards

The annual Top 10 Function was recently held at Sybrand van Niekerk High School to celebrate the academic achievements and excellence of the top grade 12 learners.

SABIE – This was the eighth Top 10 Function, organised by Ms Lesley Döhne, and was once again a highlight for the grade 12 pupils who have worked hard for the past 12 years. The marks of the July exams were used to determine the positions of the learners. Two risings stars, the top learner in grade 10 and grade 11, where also honored during the function. Natasché du Plessis, grade 10 and Christopher Maartens, grade 11 and deputy head boy for 2014, received their gift packs from Mr Ben Bothma, representative of Komatiland.

But the real star was the grade 12 learner, Leroy Selekane in 10th place with 73,7 per cent, who was also the 2013 Public Speaking Winner. Next year he will study MBChB at the University of Stellenbosch. He also plans to specialise in neurology and as a cardiologist. In ninth position, Letitia Bushney with an average of 73,9 per cent, will study B.Sc. Chemistry at the University of Pretoria. She is a keen hockey player with three years in the first team.

Thando Mashile, 8th with an average of 74 per cent, represented the Lowveld in the SA JC Chess Championships. He plans to study finance at the University of Johannesburg. Thado Masina, seventh with an average of 76, 4 per cent, will study law at Wits. He plans to become one of the best lawyers, and by God’s good grace, will have his own law firm in 20 years’ time. Ebenezer Makukule, in sixth with 78 per cent, was a leader at the school and hostel. Makukule, aged 16, will do a B.Com. Accounting course. She sees herself as one of the most successful women, Miss Independent, in 20 years’ time.

The top-five learners received their gift bags from headmaster, Mr Francois du Toit. Mpilo Mkuna, fifth with an average of 78 per cent, plans to study computer engineering at UP and wants to own his own computer company. Thato Inama shared the fifth place with an average of 78, 4 per cent. Rita de Kock, in fourth place with an average of 80,6 per cent, will study mechanical engineering at the University of Potchefstroom. She was also deputy head girl in 2013. Natasha Kamffer, with an average of 81,1 per cent, is in the third place. She will study B.Sc. Geology at the University of Pretoria in 2014. In second place, Skhulile Mdaka, with an average of 83,3 per cent also got 100 per cent in mathematics. He will study actuarial science at Stellenbosch University.

Dorris Tshwane, in the number-one position, with an average of 83, 4 per cent, was also head girl for 2013. She played first team netball for five years, and received the Studius Praestans award for the best learner. The person who has influenced her most in life is her father, Sarel Loots, who taught her to always put God first and to never give up. She will study for three years at a good university, and after that, do a one-year internship. In 20 years’ time she wants to distribute medicine that cures Aids and many other conditions all over Africa and the world.

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