Kristin Julius, the top matriculant of Athlone High, was among the 17 the school honoured for obtaining bachelor passes in the 2020 examination.
Kristin obtained six distinctions – for English, Afrikaans, life science, physical science, business studies, and life orientation.
She said the historic year filled with uncertainties made studying more difficult for everybody.
“All of us struggled to adjust when lockdown was introduced. We were all under severe stress and there was the added pressure we put on ourselves to do well,” she said.
Kristin spent many hours studying – at times up to 10 hours at a time – but her hard work paid off when she obtained her six distinctions. Now she is looking forward to studying pharmacy at the University of the Western Cape (UWC).
Athlone High principal, Vincent Hendricks, said he was grateful to the matriculants and teachers for working so hard in a difficult year.
“Our dynamic business studies teacher, Wayne Hendricks had four distinctions in his class. His business studies average mark is higher than the provincial average. We wish our matriculants well and encourage them to always remember the school motto, Nihil Sed Optimus (nothing but the best),” Mr Hendricks said.
The awards ceremony was characterised by interfaith prayers, and a speech by guest Thara Thomas Kallungal, director of Shine Academia. Ms Thomas Kallungal also handed out the certificates and prizes.
Kristin advised this year’s Grade 12 pupils to make good choices for their future.
“In the end, the sacrifices will be worth it. You must ask yourself what you really want, and work towards your goals,” she said.
The school has appealed to anyone, including former pupils, to assist the successful matriculants and the school in general.
If you can assist, contact the school at 021 637 6930.