Front: Lisa Maguire, Ryan Jackson, Jamie Robertson, Suandrie Corbett, Canell Jackson, Lin-Mari Theron, Thabiso Shai, Thato Shokane, Mark Mafambe and Simoné van den Bergh.
Back: Ikne Stucki, Janco Coetzee, Armand Wiers, Ronel du Toit, Stefan Corbett, Hendro van Helsdingen and Sancha van Niekerk.
The 2017 grade 8 to 11 prize giving event was filled with pomp and ceremony at Merensky High School. On Thursday, 19 October, approximately 280 Plasies were honoured for their academic, sports and cultural achievements in 2017. The key-note address was delivered by old-boy Mr Frannes Joubert, currently industrial engineer at ZZ2.
The unique Skivvy of the year award went to Ruben Potgieter and Mariesa Schutte in grade 8. The final decision was made the 2016/2017 Executive Council. This year’s Class of the Year award was claimed by grade 10A.
Ickne Stucki (junior, grade 9) and Simoné van den Bergh (senior, grade 11) received the Sakkie Meyer trophy for commitment and walking the extra mile. Jamie Robertson (grade 9) received a trophy for being the best “Adopt-a-Genius” tutor.
Suandrie Corbett (grade 9) carries the title of Culture Personality of 2017. She also received trophies for best junior orator (Afrikaans Huistaal), best cultural achievement as well as best contribution towards music.
Sportswoman of the year was awarded to Sancha van Niekerk (grade 11). Armand Wiers (grade 8) received a trophy for the best junior boys archer, while Ryan Jackson (grade 10) is the senior winner. Janco Coetzee and René Wiese (grade 9) were the best boys and girls cross-country athletes. The best junior girls archer was Canéll Jackson (grade 9) and the senior was Lin-Mari Theron (grade 10). Stefan Corbett (grade 10) was named the best junior rugby player. Mark Mafambe (grade 8) is the most promising junior soccer player.
In grade 11 Thato Shokane was the best junior soccer player, Ronel du Toit was the best girls tennis player and Hendro van Helsdingen was the best boys tennis player of the year.
In the special category, ‘n Plasie gaan lê nooit, Thebiso Shai was a deserving winner. He was diagnosed with encephalitis early during the third term of 2016. He was hospitalised for 4 month, during which time his eyesight and physical movement were severely affected as a result of the illness and medication. He, however, showed great courage and perceverance by returning to school under very difficult circumstances, studying and doing homework regularly. Irrespective of his poor vision and physical impairment, he always stays positive and never gives up.
Gold honorary medals were awarded to Ryan Jackson and Canéll Jackson for archery. Wandri Janse van Rensburg, Dawie van Jaarsveld and Genevieve van der Merwe also received gold honorary medals for equestrian sports. Bronze medals were awarded to Danzi Ivy and Kesia Pohl for SA Talent Championships.