THE search to find the Eastern and Southern Cape’s most exceptional matric pupil begins today with the launch of this year’s The Herald Continental Matric of the Year Awards.
Now in its 22nd year, The Herald Continental Matric of the Year Award is one of the most sought-after awards offered to matriculants in the region.
The competition is a highly regarded way of acknowledging the achievements of matric pupils across a variety of fields.
School heads or school representatives are encouraged to nominate their top Grade 12 pupils.
Since the inception of the award, NMMU has offered an undergraduate bursary to the winner and an undergraduate scholarship to a deserving matriculant who has achieved success despite a disadvantaged background.
The competition spurs on the young achievers and decision makers of the future, and The Herald and Continental in association with NMMU are committed to continuing the project.
This year, prizes are being sponsored by NMMU, Profiles Health Club, Walmer Park Shopping Centre, The Beach Hotel, Fat Cats Catering, Vodacom, Waltons, Van Schaik, Caltex, Bad Street Boyz and Proline Computers.
The Herald editor Heather Robertson said the award was an honour not only for matrics, but for their schools.
“The ideal winner should possess humility, compassion, integrity, a social conscience, the drive to aim for excellence – not for the sake of being the best but to do the best in service of others,” she said.
Robertson strongly encouraged pupils to read because “the more you read, the more you will learn and the more your horizons will expand”.
She also advised them to take some time off from their busy schedules to “do nothing at all”.
“Doing nothing is a great way to find out what really matters to you and who you really are. Make time for friends, siblings and family, but be firm with all of them when you need to study,” she said.
Continental Tyre’s managing director Dieter Horni said: “We at Continental Tyre are proud to be associated with The Herald Continental Matric of the Year event. This is our second year of participation and we are pleased to announce our partnership with this initiative for the next three years.
“Education has always been an important element of employee development at Continental Tyre. Recognising talent is a key part of this and this is exactly what this event does.
“I, for one, am looking forward to seeing the talent being identified among our region’s [pupils].”
Last year’s winner, Lyle Ressouw, said winning was a defining moment that “would always serve as a reminder of all [he] could achieve in this life through hard work and determination”.
Nominations open today and close at noon on August 21. Nomination forms are available from The Herald website: herald2.timesmedia.co.za
Completed nomination forms with all required documents may be delivered to Matric of the Year Awards, Newspaper House, 19 Baakens Street, Port Elizabeth, for the attention of Berna Ulay Walters. Or post entries to Matric of the Year Awards, The Herald, Private Bag X6071, Port Elizabeth, 6000, again marked for Berna Ulay Walters’ attention.
Entries may also be dropped off at the Walmer Park Shopping Centre information desk.