LIKE many other teenagers, Mikhail Andrews, was hooked on the Twilight and Harry Potter series of books and computer games but as he starts high school he is happy to put his hobbies aside.
The Grade 8 pupil grew up in Fairways and attended Hyde Park Primary School. This year he has begun high school at Bergvliet High.
Mikhail is being raised by his single mother, Sue Ellen, whose hard work and sacrifices he says inspire him.
He has also been reared by his grandparents, Alison and Alvin Andrews, who Mikhail said taught him valuable lessons.
“They taught me many things but the main thing they taught me since I was very young was to be well mannered.”
His subjects this year are English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Biology, History, Physics, Life Orientation and Geography.
“I expect the work to be a lot harder but I have to work hard and not focus on playing Xbox so much. I just want to focus on my work and sport. I used to play golf in primary school but this year I’m playing soccer and basketball at school.”
Mikhail hopes to study Information Technology when he leaves school.
He admires his mother and says she is his hero: “She is a single mother and she works hard every day. She’s a production manager at Hewlett Packard. She had me at a very young age and she was always there for me. She had an offer to study in the US for four years but she turned it down because she had to leave me behind. I really admire her for that.”