Teniel Gabrielle Gerald with her proud parents at the Durban ICC.
Teniel Gabrielle Gerald was announced as the province’s second top pupil after she achieved an overall average of 97 percent in all her subjects.
The dedicated and stellar youngster has brought honour to Greenbury Secondary School. She produced distinctions in English, Afrikaans, Mathematics, Life Orientation, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences and Accounting.
Speaking to the Phoenix Sun, she expressed her gratitude to God, her family and friends for being a secure support system to her.
“I thank God, as this would have never happened without Him. I would also like to thank my family for inexhaustibly supporting me spiritually and academically. I will be eternally grateful to the staff of Greenbury Secondary and Hopeville Primary for instilling in me a good foundation,” she said.
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She also went on to encourage and cheer on her peers who did not make it.
“It is not the end of the world even if it seems like it is. Research has shown that pupils who do well academically are often not the CEOs. If it was not meant for you right now, then God is preparing you for something bigger,” she said.
Teniel sacrificed her social life with friends and weddings and birthdays with family.
“I would spend hours studying and going through extra work for Physical Science and Life Science,” she added. She was accepted to study medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
“I chose to study medicine after my grandfather, who died from forth-stage lung cancer, went undiagnosed for a year. Witnessing my grandfather experience unbearable pain motivated me to pursue career in medicine. I want to alleviate misdiagnoses,” she passionately said.
Mr H Ramnarain of Greenbury Secondary said Teniel has been a very consistent pupil.
“Her entire high school career portrayed where her focus and goals were,” he said.