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Exceeding all expectations!

Enyonam Moshikaro is glowing! Excitement oozes out of her as she relates the story of obtaining her Matric results last week – signing on to the website (before it crashed!) to establish that she had achieved a Bachelor’s Entry Pass and four distinctions, waking her Mom at midnight, and then calling her Granny to share the news, and finally obtaining the detailed breakdown at school on Friday morning. A significant improvement over her Prelim results, her distinctions in English (86%), Afrikaans (83%), History (87%) and Life Orientation (84%) will hopefully set her up for her dream of studying Law at Wits. She currently waits in quiet anticipation to hear whether her waitlisting will turn into a firm offer.

Enyonam has a quiet confident presence. As a member of the Trophy Public Speaking team, she honed her verbal skills and she comes across as articulate and focused, with a delightful sense of humour. One of her highlights as a Ruthie was selling raffle tickets in the Linder Auditorium at the Fiesta: she teamed up with Lulama Nodada and the pair of them worked the crowd to sell as many sheets as possible in the limited time available.

Coming from Dunvegan Primary, it was her dream to attend Jeppe Girls. She appreciated the school’s focus on the girl child and the wholehearted pursuit of educating the complete person. Assemblies, exposure to role-models from a cross-section of society, liberated challenging teachers – she attributes her intellectual awakening to all the above and considers herself an unashamed feminist. Her primary interest in the Law is the pursuit of social justice and she looks forward to focusing on specific items of interest as she begins her tertiary studies: she is quite happy to leave the Sciences behind!

Enyonam reflects on the many components of the Ruth First scholarship which have got her to where she is today. Career counselling from Professor Zac Nel confirmed her choice of Law as a career, her mentor, Jeppe Old Girl Erin Warmington is a partner in a major law firm and was able to provide firsthand input on what the career entailed, and Robyn Hill, our resident social worker, met with her each term through Matric, encouraging her to stay the course, stretch for her goals and shoot the lights out with her English marks. She also pays tribute to two special teachers: her English teacher, Ms Olivia King who instilled an appreciation of reading which she carries forward, and Mr Sam Kentridge whose passion for History revealed this subject in a new, exciting, and challenging way.

Congratulations, Enyonam – we will follow your path with interest and pride!

Above: Enyonam is pictured above (left) together with fellow matriculant, Naledi Lephuting.

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