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Meet Estcourt’s top achieving 2018 matriculant – Siphumelele Madlala

She matriculated at Estcourt High School (EHS) and achieved a Bachelors pass with six distinctions in Mathematics, IsiZulu, Life Orientation, Physical Science,

Out of more than 800 000 pupils who sat for the national senior certificate exams, Siphumelele Nosipho Madlala ranked first place in Estcourt.

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She matriculated at Estcourt High School (EHS) and achieved a Bachelors pass with six distinctions in Mathematics, IsiZulu, Life Orientation, Physical Science, Geography as well as Engineering Graphics and Design.

The 18-year-old said she felt very proud when she received her results last week.

“It was very difficult to stay focused, but just knowing I pushed through makes me feel proud. I did not fall victim to peer pressure, social media and bad influences around me,” added the lass.

The Pietermaritzburg-born young woman has been accepted to study civil engineering at the University of Cape Town.

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When asked why civil engineering; here is what Siphumelele had to say: “It is an advancement of technology and can help improve the quality of the world we live in.”

Siphumelele will be relocating to Cape Town on January 28 and will officially begin her studies at university on February 11. Her recipe for success was simple.

“I set goals for myself, it is important to know why you are sent to school. My goal was to take advantage of the opportunities, get a great education and good results,” she explained.

EHS Engineering Graphics and Design educator Mrs Vilakazi describes Siphumelele as “very dedicated, committed and disciplined. She always strived for excellence.”

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Siphumelele’s success came at the cost of her giving up her social life to remain focused on her studies. Words of advice from Siphumelele to the class of 2019:

“It is important to set academic goals, and as important as school may be, so is your mental and emotional health. So take good care of your body.”

Siphumelele would like to express sincere gratitude to all her educators who helped throughout her school career as well as her mother, who she said always encouraged her.

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