Top pupil calms his nerves with a work­out at gym

The Star Early Edition - - MATRIC RESULTS - SIHLE MANDA

AF­TER breez­ing through his Grade 12 year with con­fi­dence, King Ed­ward VII School top per­former and fit­ness freak, Ty­ron Ruthel hit the gym to calm creep­ing nerves as the mo­ment of truth drew closer.

Ty­ron has ex­ceeded his ex­pec­ta­tions, scor­ing eight dis­tinc­tions from his ex­pected six. “I’m not ner­vous yet, but I prob­a­bly will be later, I guess,” he said af­ter a work­out yes­ter­day.

Asked how he found his ma­tric year, he said: “I didn’t think it was any dif­fer­ent to the pre­vi­ous years. There was all this hype lead­ing up to it, peo­ple say­ing it’s the most dif­fi­cult year. Ob­vi­ously the work was a bit more de­mand­ing, but that’s how it is with ev­ery next grade.”

To avoid be­ing too en­grossed in his stud­ies, he hit the gym fre­quently and read a lot of fan­tasy nov­els to calm down. “It gives me some­thing else to do rather than school,” he said.

“I got up quite early ev­ery morn­ing to be at school at 6.30am, be­cause I was also do­ing AP maths. Af­ter school I did sport and gym and then came home and re­laxed a bit. I’d then do my home­work and then pack for the next day.”

Ty­ron said he pre­ferred do­ing his home­work and study­ing late in the evening when ev­ery­one was asleep.

“I did a lot of past exam pa­pers and I thought they were as dif­fi­cult as the pre­vi­ous year’s. The ex­ams were just fine,” he said.

Af­ter the ex­ams, he said, he for­got about school in the first three weeks of his hol­i­days, but ad­mit­ted he got ner­vous as the re­sults day drew closer.

The A stu­dent plans to study ac­tu­ar­ial science at Wits Univer­sity. “I’m study­ing ac­tu­ar­ial science be­cause I love maths – I love work­ing with num­bers. I have a nat­u­ral tal­ent for it, so I might as well put it to good use,” he said.

Dur­ing week­ends he didn’t do much. “I just lazed around the house and went to gym.

“I made sure that I was re­ally well rested over the week­end, so I some­times went out with friends and spent a lot of time on my TV game. I made sure I did most of my work dur­ing the week,” he added.

MORE THAN EX­PECTED: Ty­ron Ruthel, a pupil at King Ed­ward VII School and a fit­ness fa­natic, has scored eight dis­tinc­tions.

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