Matric results class of 2019 with 98.8% of pupils pass the IEB National Senior Certificate exams.
Torres, who passed with eight distinctions, is one of the 129 matric pupils at St David’s Marist Inanda in Sandton who scored 252 distinctions in the 2019 matric examinations. As the top pupil at his school in the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) class of 2019, Miguel Torres scored a whopping 99% for his final mathematics mark – a subject he has been passionate about since Grade 10.
“I realised in Grade 10 that I enjoyed problem-solving and that I was interested in mathematics,” he said ahead of the results.
The 19-year-old, who has been a top 10 student since Grade 8 and bagged the title of Dux scholar at St David’s in Johannesburg, did not seem nervous ahead of the official release of the results.
“I felt generally good during all the exams I sat for, so I am pretty confident,” Torres added.
He intends to further his studies with a BSc in mathematical science at the University of the Witwatersrand.
While Grade 12 pupils were anxious about writing their preliminary examinations ahead of the finals last year, Antonio Aristides feared for the worst when his health took a turn for the worse.
The 19-year-old former SAHETI School pupil was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system while writing prelims.
He had to undergo chemotherapy, which continued throughout his finals. But Aristides’ health proved no deterrent as he has been named a commendable achiever by the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) after bagging eight distinctions.
He is ranked within the top 5% of IEB candidates nationally in more than five subjects and has also been ranked within the top 1% for English, nationally.
By: Bradley Brizzy