By Angelique Erasmus
TWO Grade 12 learners from Fezekile Secondary School in Bongolethu, Oudtshoorn excelled in a recent essay writing competition for learners from Western Cape schools.
Marissa Faku and Amiliselwe Boto were placed in the top 15, with Marissa eventually being second.
They had to write an essay on the negative impact of South Africa’s junk status on the economy, and to present this with a Po-werPoint presentation in front of three judges in Cape Town. 28 Students from schools in the Western Cape were selected to compete.
“They have put our school on the map, as we were unknown before,” said their economics teacher, Pamela Mapongwana, who encouraged them to enter the competition.
Marissa and Amiliselwe competed against learners from schools such as Paul Roos Gimnasium, Paarl Boys High, Girls High and Outeniqua High.
Marissa received R8 000 for her second position and she and Amiliselwe both R2500 for being in the top 15.
“I still can’t believe I won. It is such an amazing feeling. I experienced a lot of firsts, like sleeping in a hotel. It was very intimidating competing against learners from large, well-known schools and being surrounded by other kids with so many aspirations,” Marissa said.
Amiliselwe added: “We are very grateful to Miss Pamela. She really helped and supported us.”
Marissa hopes to study Applied Sciences or BCom next year and Amilisewle BCom Rec at UCT. Both have been at the top of their class since Grade 8, achieving ave-rages in the 80’s and 90’s.