RSSAf School Essay Competition Prize Presentations 2017

“Wow, what amazing prizes” was the reaction this year as the winners walked away with prizes from R1 000 to R5 000, thanks to our wonderful sponsors the Claude Leon Foundation.  For many, both teachers and pupils, it was more than just the prizes, it was the opportunity to really challenge themselves to produce work of a high standard and to learn how to reference their writing in the manner required at university level.

The Society salutes all the pupils who entered and the Teachers who encouraged them to do so even if it meant extra work for themselves.   We are most grateful to all our prize presenters and markers for their assistance.

PRIZE PRESENTATIONS

1) At St John’s Diocesan School for Girls : Leah Suchet, Grade 12, whose in the category ‘There is huge overlap in the DNA of humans, other animals, and even of plants and bacteria.  What are the implications for the way in which we think about humankind and life?’ won the first prize of R5 000.   Her essay was also judged as one of the top two in the Competition and will, with her permission, be published in the Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa.   Not only that, the School was awarded the Royal Society of SA/Claude Leon Foundation Trophy – one of the two competition trophies awarded annually.  The prizes were presented by Professors Theresa Coetzer and Dean Golding, Members of the Society.

2) The Trophy at Wynberg Girls’ High School was presented by Professor Marla Trindade.   The School continues to shine in the Competition year after year thanks to the dedication of the wonderful teachers, Mr Peter Bodenstein and Mrs Nazeeba Moerat.  Winners in 2017 were:
Yusra Booley, Grade 12 whose essay in the category ‘Does education in South African schools and universities meet the needs of this country and its citizens in the 21st century?’won the first prize of R5 000 In addition her essay was judged as one of the top two in the entire competition and will be published in the Transactions of the Royal Society of SA Isobel Evans, Grade 12 won first prize of R5 000 for her fine essay in the category ‘The Race to Mars – discuss the difference between “visiting” and “settling”. Which do you think would be of most benefit to science?’ Shannon Prentice in the same grade won the second prize of R4 000 in the same category.
Prizes were also awarded at:
3) Danville Girls’ High School – Gabriella Naidoo in Grade 11, whose essay in the ‘Education’ category won Third Prize of R3 000. Prize was presented by Dr Judy Mann-Lang

Sandisiwe Mthalane with Dr Edith Elliott

4) Pinetown Girls’ High School – Sandisiwe Mthalane in Grade 12, whose essay in the ‘Education’ category won a Merit Prize of R1 000. Prize was presented by Dr Edith Elliott

5) Park Town High School for Girls – Zaakira Barmania in Grade 11, whose essay in the ‘Education’ category won Second Prize of R4 000. Dr Pierre Durand presented the prize.
6) Beaulieu College in Kyalami – Ella Vettori in Grade 10, whose essay in the ‘DNA’ category won the third prize of R3 000.   Dr Pierre Durand presented the prize.
7) St Henry’s Marist College – Talia Samuel in Grade 10, whose essay in the ‘DNA’ category won a Merit Prize of R1 000. Prize was presented by Dr Judy Mann-Lang