Mikhail An­drews

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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.”

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