Matric Award Winner Sets Sights on Chemical Engineering Degree Through UKZN
Scottburgh High’s Ms Shenika Ramsamy has set her heights on obtaining a Chemical Engineering degree at UKZN.
Ramsamy received subject awards for Mathematics, Physics, Afrikaans, Life Sciences and Accounting, going on to scoop the Dux award and the Illovo Shield Trophy for the highest overall aggregate in the senior phase. She was awarded Academic Honours with an average mark of 85% over three years.
Her efforts did not go unnoticed and she received a full bursary from Illovo Sugar to study Chemical Engineering.
Her matric marks were: Mathematics 96%, Physical Sciences 96%, English 90%, Afrikaans 96%, Life Sciences 91%, Accounting 94% and Life Orientation 85%. She was the top 2014 matric pupil in the Ugu District with a 93% aggregate.
‘I find Chemical Engineering intriguing due to its vast applications in industry. I am especially interested in chemistry and have some knowledge of the chemical engineering topics and job prospects as my sister has just completed her degree in this course.’
Ramsamy’s role model is her sister who also graduated from UKZN with a Chemical Engineering degree and is presently working at Total in Johannesburg.
Ramsamy is extremely concerned about the environment and the effects certain industries have on the world. ‘I would like to help reduce the carbon footprint of corporations and being in this field will allow me to make a positive contribution in that area. It is my desire to discover and patent new techniques and products.’
In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, playing netball and tennis as well as having fun with friends.