Sh­agufta Zal­gaonkir

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SH­AGUFTA Zal­gaonkir can see her­self as a suc­cess­ful heart sur­geon with a stetho­scope and white coat or hold­ing a court en­thralled with her in­ci­sive le­gal ar­gu­ment in the fu­ture.

But right now the 15-yearold Grade 10 pupil from South Penin­sula High School in Diep River is fo­cused on mak­ing sure that this year turns out to be as aca­dem­i­cally suc­cess­ful as her Grade 9 where she got straight As for her fi­nal ex­ams.

Sh­agufta says she is blessed with a good mem­ory and she is de­ter­mined to re­main fo­cused on her goals.

This year, she is study­ing Math­e­mat­ics, English, Afrikaans, Life Sci­ence (Bi­ol­ogy), Ge­og­ra­phy, Physics and Life Ori­en­ta­tion. She is also study­ing Xhosa.

She hopes one day to spe­cialise by ei­ther be­com­ing a heart sur­geon or a pul­mo­nolo­gist (lung sur­geon).

“I find medicine very fas­ci­nat­ing, es­pe­cially the spe­cial­ist fields.

“If I don’t study medicine then I will study law.”

Sh­agufta has grown up in Grassy Park where she still lives and at­tended the English Church Pri­mary school. She has an older sis­ter who is in ma­tric and a younger brother and sis­ter.

She looks up to her par­ents and says they are “hard work­ing and al­ways help­ing peo­ple”.

Sh­agufta re­laxes by lis­ten­ing to R&B and her hob­bies in­clude go­ing to the movies, swim­ming, play­ing with her cats, go­ing out with friends and play­ing com­puter games.

Of her teach­ers, Sh­agufta says they are “re­ally good and al­ways ex­plain things prop­erly for us to un­der­stand.”

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