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Top student in Umzinyathi Karl Thom tells all

Karl used previous years matric exam papers to prepare himself for the exams, and that is how he managed to get 8 A's.

Witty and humble, Karl Thom (18) is not your typical matriculant – he is rather a rare breed of his generation in that this young man is polite, dedicated and was not even distracted by his cell phone during the interview…

A matriculant from Dundee High School, he achieved 8 A’s in his exams, making him top student in the Umzinyathi District. Karl managed to achieve As in the following subjects: English, Maths, Physical Science, Economics, Business Economics, Afrikaans, Accounting and Life Orientation.

Karl lives with both his parents, Rita and Erich, and his younger brother. His older sister is a student at the University of Pretoria where Karl will be joining her soon. When he is not studying, Karl is a sports fanatic who enjoys hockey, cricket, tennis and swimming.

Humble at heart, Karl is stepping into the future and hoping his new journey will pave a way to his dream of becoming a chartered accountant. Karl explained how shocked he was when he received a phone call to attend an honorary function at the Durban ICC, saying,

“I was astonished when we were called to attend the KZN’s top matric achievers ceremony. Even then I didn’t think that I had done this well. I am going to pursue a degree in BCom Accounting Sciences at the University of Pretoria. I received a full bursary from Price Waterhouse Coopers and I am very delighted.”

When asked how he managed to get 8 A’s, Karl made it sound so easy to achieve such results.

“I used previous years matric exam papers to prepare myself for the exams. I actually rewrote past year exams all on my own as I prefer studying on my own rather than in a group. Although writing final exams is stressful, I was able to write each test as best as I could, though some were really tough, I managed to soldier on.”

Dundee High School was like a second home to Karl who spent the last five years of his schooling life there. He highlighted his journey at the school and how teachers groomed him into being a better being.

“At Dundee High, we were all like a small close-knit family where everyone was made to feel important and loved. I will sure miss my peers, the teachers, and the principal,” said Karl.

He wished the class of 2018 all the best of luck in their future endeavours and his message to them is:

“As the class, we must keep our heads up high when going out into the world and make sure that we don’t drop our academic standards.”

The class of 2019 has big shoes to fill but with hard work, dedication and determination nothing is impossible.
Karl left for Pretoria over the weekend and we wish him all the best.


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