Sherri-Leigh is Ugu’s top pupil

Sherri-Leigh Hainsworth (18) has cracked top place.

SHERRI-LEIGH Hainsworth placed first in the Ugu district for the matric class of 2016. The petite blonde, a product of Scottburgh High School, earned eight distinctions.

These were for English, Afrikaans, Maths, Geography, History, Life Sciences, Physical Science and Life Orientation.

She said that she honestly did not expect to get such good marks, and put it down to sheer hard work and determination. And her mom confiscating her cellphone!

Sherri-Leigh, who was head girl, had to make sacrifices. “I spent a lot of time studying and had to stop playing hockey, soccer and water polo at times,” she said, adding that she had no social life whatsoever but probably the biggest sacrifice was not watching her favourite TV show, ‘Big Bang Theory’.

Her mother ‘confiscated’ her cellphone when studies had to be ramped up. “At first I did not like the idea but now I’m glad she did,” she said.

She plans to study medicine this year. She has been accepted to study a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Free State, but is hoping to get into to study medicine, which is her true passion.

“It’s stressing me out a little bit. I have been a fan of biology from a very young age and want to help people as a doctor. That is why I am praying that my application for medicine will be successful,” she said.

Her backup plan? “If that doesn’t happen, I wouldn’t mind playing hockey on a more professional level.”

Sherri-Leigh, who was also Interact president for 2016, had some words of advice for the 2017 matrics.

“You have to believe in yourself, pay attention in class, make use of past matric papers, work relatively hard and makes notes. If you do that you will definitely obtain a Bachelor’s pass,” she said.

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