Clare Estate teen obtains seven distinctions

Azra Ismail proudly displays her accolades.

“Learning consistently and independently while enjoying school work was my secret ingredient to achieving seven distinctions.” These were the words of 18-year-old Azra Ismail of Ridge Park College, who achieved outstanding results in the NSC examinations.

The Overport based school obtained a hundred percent matric pass rate in 2016. The Clare Estate teenager plans to study medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg as she is passionate about medicine and believes it will make a huge difference to the quality of lives of people. “Eventually I would like to specialise in cardiothoracic surgery,” she said.

Ismail received an ‘A’ aggregate in all her subjects through her high school years. In matric, she received the Dux award and various other accolades including the SE Naidoo Honours Roll Regular Award, Pricewater House Star performance in English and an award for obtaining over 80 percent in all subjects during the course of the matric year.

Some of her other responsibilities while at the school included being a prefect, student mentor and being part of the Muslims Students Association.

In her spare time, she loves reading, painting and writing short stories also enjoys baking.

Her advice to other matriculants is to work smart and try to understand your work, not just memorise it. “Also try not be too hard on yourself. If you fall short of your expectations, every setback is an opportunity to learn something new.”








Zola Phoswa

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