These six Herald Continental Matric of the Year finalists have not only showed their prowess in sport, academics, arts and culture, but they have dedicated their time to others and proved themselves to be true all-rounders.
Takatso Radasi, 18, deputy headboy at Muir College, is one of the school’s star pupils, scoring 91% in accounting and 90% in history and receiving an academic blazer.
Takatso has also received merit certificates for English, geography, Xhosa and maths.
He plays first team rugby, serves as hostel head prefect and is secretary of the school’s Interact Club. He is also an altar server at St Stephen’s Anglican Church.
Pearson High School prefect Tiaan Loots, 18, is a Junior City Council representative, member of the environmental club, animal welfare volunteer and second team rugby captain.
Tiaan also has academic honours and achieved an average of 85% with 93% in maths, 92% in life orientation and 90% in geography.
He also plays first team water polo and first team rugby and is an advanced rescue scuba diver.
Tiaan volunteers and raises funds for various organisations and charities, such as the Lions Club Merryvale Buddy Day Care Centre for disabled and disadvantaged children.
He is also an accomplished actor and takes part in Toastmasters and debating.
Kerry Pattinson, 17, is another matriculant and all- rounder from Pearson High School who excels in sports and academics and in her dedication to assisting others.
She has received full academic colours and is currently ninth in her grade. For her June results, she received 93% in accounting, 91% in life sciences and 91% in maths.
Kerry is a Grade 12 maths tutor, an Eastern Province tennis player and first team tennis captain. She also coaches junior tennis players.
She has also been named netball player of the year.
She also teaches Sunday School, volunteers at Samrec, Animal Welfare, Bayworld and Save-a-Pet, and takes part in drama and oratory competitions.
Another all-rounder from Pearson High School is Inge de Wet, 18, who is a prefect, house prefect, wind band leader, netball first team vice-captain and interact club member.
Inge is also a youth leader and Sunday School teacher and a member of her church’s community service committee.
She has also passed her netball umpiring examination with distinction.
In addition to her efforts in sports and the community, Inge is also seventh in her grade with an average of 89%.
She has received academic awards for English, Afrikaans, geography, accounting and mathematics.
As wind band leader, Inge is also a choir and concert band member and participates in debating and oratory competitions.
She won the best actress award at Pearson’s one-act play festival.
Luzuko Jack, 17, headboy at Victoria Park High School, has been in the academic top 20 since Grade 8 and is a governing body member, a Toastmasters graduate, Interact board member and councillor. He also plays soccer, cricket and rugby.
Grey High School pupil Tertius Groenewald, 18, is another star pupil with full academic colours and top results in Afrikaans.
Tertius has a string of accomplishments, including completing the Kalahari Vasbyt Challenge, and being named best interhouse speaker and Mr Personality at Grey.
He is deputy headboy of both the school and the hostel.