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Thursday, 12 December 2019

Dream comes true for Dean’s Medalist

EDUCATION GEEK: From left, Vice-Chancellor, Prof Chris Nhlapo, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning, Prof Rishidaw Balkaran and Education Dean, Prof Thobeka Mda, congratulate Annemarie Visser for walking away with the Dean’s Medal for her academic performance. EDUCATION GEEK: From left, Vice-Chancellor, Prof Chris Nhlapo, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning, Prof Rishidaw Balkaran and Education Dean, Prof Thobeka Mda, congratulate Annemarie Visser for walking away with the Dean’s Medal for her academic performance.

The dream of earning the Dean’s Medalist came true for an excelling student during the Faculty of Education graduation ceremony on Wednesday night.

Annemarie Visser, a BEd in Senior Phase and Further Education and Training Teaching graduate, was rewarded with the Dean’s Merit Certificate for her outstanding academic performance over the four years of study.

Annemarie registered for the degree in 2016 and majored in Mathematics and Computer Applications Technology. She obtained 37 distinctions out of her 40 subjects, with a final aggregate of 86%.

“I feel very excited, grateful and honoured,” she says. “I wanted it, and I worked for it.”

She adds that she studied very hard to maintain her academic excellence. “I was involved in all of my lessons, I had a close relationship with my lecturers.”

The Protea Heights Academy teacher, who this year achieved a 99% average in Mathematics, says her overall average for the subject during her studies was 98%.

“I am very grateful to Dr Kalvin Whittles who was my Maths lecturer over the four years for his unwavering support.”

The former class representative for Mathematics plans to pursue an Honours degree in education next year.

Her advice to students who want to excel in their studies is that they must want it enough. “Work hard, try to succeed in all your subjects. Give everything, and you must want it.”

Annemarie was born in Cape Town in 1994, and attended Tygerberg High School where she completed her schooling in 2012.

“I’m extremely grateful for my parents, and there I only have God to thank,” she concludes. “I’m so thankful for everything they have done for me and taught me. This quote is very close to my heart and so true: ‘If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants’ from Isaac Newton.” 

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.