Dux keen to help others
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.
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.