WITH less than a week to go before the cut-off date, entries for The Herald Matric of the Year competition are steadily coming in as matriculants gun for their piece of the R145000 prize.
With something for each of the 20 finalists who will be selected after the August 5 deadline, the competition promises to be one to remember.
Now in its 20th year, the competition will once again see scores of matriculants submitting entries, with the hope of being the province’s top matric pupil.
Entries are trickling in as schools help their pupils put together all that is necessary for entering.
Hat-trick winning school Grey High will have pupils entering again this year.
A number of pupils from Alexander Road High School were yesterday putting together their CVs and forms for entry.
Principal Dr Peter Manser said the school’s matrics were encouraged to enter the competition, which was a great showcase for top performers. “We’re helping pupils put together their CVs, which is a learning curve on its own,” he said.
“It is always good to see the impact of the competition on participants, whose talents are highlighted.
“It is also great for the community,” Manser said.
Judges will begin going through the entries next Wednesday, before interviewing the 20 finalists the following week.
Each finalist will walk away with a three-month subscription to The Herald, with the top matric and scholarship award winners and their schools also getting a year’s subscription.
The overall winner’s school will also receive a R50000 advertising voucher for use within The Herald.
The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) will be giving away one of the top prizes in the form of an undergraduate bursary for the overall winner.
The university will also present the scholarship award-winner with an undergraduate scholarship for a first degree or diploma of their choice.
This will cover all application, registration and tuition fees, while a R10000 sports bursary will be awarded to the sports award category winner.
Each of the finalists will also receive a gift hamper to the value of R500.
A R5772 graduation dinner prize package will go to the top matric, where they can treat 25 guests to a sumptuous three- course meal courtesy of Fat Cats Catering and hosted by Villa Tuscana.
Proline Computers are giving away laptops and tablets to the overall winner and category award winners, valued at R15000.
The scholarship award winner’s school will get a R15000 photocopying machine from Docufin.
The two top matrics will each walk away with a seven-inch tablet valued at R4000 from Vodacom.
Walmer Park Shopping Centre is giving each finalist a R250 shopping voucher, the category award winners will receive a R500 voucher each, while the overall and scholarship award winners get R2000 and R1000 vouchers respectively.
Rafi’s Appliances and Mattresses will award the two top matrics with a Russell Hobbs 20-litre microwave, while each category and scholarship award winners’ schools will get a toaster and kettle set.
Profiles Health Club will give the Matric of the Year award winner a year’s contract and a health spa voucher valued at more than R2500.
In addition, category winners will get a three-month gym membership valued at R870, while each finalist gets a two-month gym membership worth R640.
Other prizes include vouchers of R640 for each category winner from Van Schaik Bookstore and stationery packs and a printer for the scholarship award winner from stationers Waltons.