Dux keen to help oth­ers

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCCLEAY

Jacqueline Louw says she isn’t a ge­nius or even gifted for that mat­ter but her re­cent suc­cess was the re­sult of very hard work, long hours of study and the right at­ti­tude.

The gen­tle-na­tured, hum­ble 18 year old was named as the 2011 Mata­mata Col­lege dux which she said was a great way to fin­ish off the school year.

‘‘ I am re­ally happy and all my fam­ily were there at prize­giv­ing to see me.

‘‘ They gave me a stand­ing ova­tion – which was embarrassing be­cause I don’t re­ally en­joy get­ting up on stage,’’ she said.

From an early age she has pur­sued her aca­demic stud­ies with en­thu­si­asm and now she wants to use her knowl­edge to help peo­ple on an in­ter­na­tional scale.

Born and bred in Wal­ton, Miss Louw went to Wal­ton Pri­mary School be­fore at­tend­ing Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate and Mata­mata Col­lege.

Over the years she has de­vel­oped a keen in­ter­est in tennis, kick box­ing, French lan­guage and play­ing the clar­inet.

Next year she is head­ing to Otago Univer­sity to study health sci­ence in the hope that she can one day go on to study medicine.

‘‘I have heard of an or­gan­i­sa­tion called Doc­tors with­out Bor­ders which is a French or­gan­i­sa­tion.’’

That is an or­gan­i­sa­tion Miss Louw said she would maybe like to work for.

‘‘They work mainly in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries help­ing peo­ple,’’ she said.

‘‘I am

in­ter­ested

in get­ting into the re­search side of medicine and re­search­ing neu­rol­ogy. I want to work on a big scale; I don’t want to just help peo­ple on a day-to-day ba­sis but work at find­ing so­lu­tions to dis­eases and find things that have not even been dis­cov­ered yet.

‘‘I don’t want to live my life do­ing some­thing that won’t make a dif­fer­ence in the world.’’

But un­til univer­sity starts in March, Miss Louw is tak­ing time out to en­joy the hol­i­days, have a break and catch up on some read­ing and writ­ing.

‘‘I read a lot, mainly fic­tion and I write a bit,’’ she said.

By ‘‘a bit’’, she means she is work­ing on her first book which at­tempts to ex­plain how apartheid op­er­ated in South Africa.

‘‘It means a lot to me be­cause my dad is from there. The book is prob­a­bly am­a­teur but it gives me some­thing to do in the hol­i­days,’’ she said.

At the top: Jacqueline Louw has been named the 2011 Mata­mata Col­lege dux.

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