WA’s prize-giving

VAALWATER — The Waterberg Academy celebrated the achievements of their learners in the High School on Friday 2 December. Board members, Dr Pierre Leonard and Dr Philip Calcott both gave brief addresses. The headmaster, Mr Mark Godfrey spoke about the achievements of the year and then her worship, the mayor and former teacher at the school, Mrs Marlene van Staden, delivered the keynote address.
Learners were recognised for their achievements in academics, sport and culture and for the contributions some have made to the well-being of the broader community.
In Grade 8, the highest aggregate of the year (77%) was achieved by Jaco Stone.
Helen Mokau received acknowledgment as Most Improved Player in Netball, the Golden Boot Award in Soccer and an Award for Cultural Endeavour.
In Grade 9, San-Marie Stegmann, first in class with an average of 87%, received the Prestige Award for Best All-Round Academic Performance in the GET Phase.
The Oosthuizen Trophy for the best All-rounder in the GET phase went to Jordan Hansen. She was second in class with 81% and in sport she was the Victrix Ludorum during athletics season, the best netball player, and the runner-up for best soccer player. She was named the Sportswoman of the Year and also considered to be the Most Promising Artist.
Another Grade 9 who was honoured was Megan Booysen who received the Community Service Award from the headmaster for her outstanding service to the Vaalwater and surrounding community through her continued and much appreciated emergency radio morning call-in.
In Grade 10, Lucy Calcott received the Oosthuizen Trophy for Bilingualism. She had the highest aggregate in class (94%) and she also received the Cloete Senior Trophy for Cultural Activates in acknowledgement of her singing performances in the Eisteddfod and her achievements in Art.
Nadja Nortje was second in class with 88%. She was also awarded the Best Senior Girl Archer and received a scroll for being selected to shoot for the Limpopo Archery Team.
In Grade 11, the highest aggregate in class was that of Ayden Walker (80%) and he also awarded Top Bowler in cricket and Best Senior Boys Swimmer.
Jesse Dowinton, second in class (77%) was awarded the Citizenship Award for Grade 11.
In Grade 12, second in class (87%) was Tayla-Kaé Nicholson and she was also awarded the Citizenship Award for Grade 12.
The Dux Award for the top grade 12 learner went to Rachel Calcott. (93%)

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