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Meet Erongo's top learners

The country’s top performers in Afrikaans, German, and design and technology hail from the Erongo region.

04 February 2019 | Education

Alliyah Mbambi, regional top Grade 10 learner: "The teachers at Flamingo Secondary School always reminded me that I am a star, and all I had to do was live up to that."

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Leandrea Louw - Alliyah Mbambi from Flamingo Secondary School is the top ranked student in the 2018 Grade 10 examinations in the Erongo region.

Martha Nashini from Kolin Foundation Secondary School was named the top grade 12 student in the Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate Ordinary Level (NSSCO). Charlize van Zyl from Walvis Bay Private High School was the best student in the Grade 12 Namibia Senior Secondary School Certificate Higher Level (NSSCH).

Mbabmi is followed by Petrina Shalyefu from Duinesig Combined School, Natango Amadhila from Westside High School, Glorische Davids from Namib High School and Johannes Johannes from Flamingo Secondary School.

Mbambi has plans to become a biomedical engineer when she completes her schooling. She achieved A symbols in all her subjects but Afrikaans, for which she received a B.

“My teachers at Flamingo Secondary School played the biggest role in my success thus far. Since I’ve started my schooling in Grade 7 they always reminded me that I am a star, and all I had to do was live up to that. They constantly motivated me to do my best.”

She is no stranger to being an excellent student as she received the dux learner award last year. In addition, she received awards for being the best commerce and science student, as well as the best in all her subjects except English.

Mbambi participated in the Walvis Bay Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (Stem) Science Fair for girls last year where she received awards for the best overall project, best secondary school project and best science project.

“My project focused on exploring ophthalmic genetics and I have been working on it for the four years. I plan on continuing with it throughout my life.”

She was granted the opportunity last year to travel to Mexico to participate in an international science fair, but due to financial constraints she was not able to do so.

“Always remember to pray constantly. Prioritise and know what you want to do with your life and work towards it. Hard work, determination and perseverance always pay off in the end.”

In the NSSCO Erongo top five, Nashini is followed by Keikantsemang Mokaleng from De Duine Secondary School, Metusalem Ndahafa also from Kolin Foundation Secondary School, Julia Phillepus from Tutaleni High School, and Leonard Ndapaku from Kolin Foundation Secondary School.

Nashini will be pursuing a Bachelor of Science in environmental studies at the University of Namibia. She achieved a 2-grading in first language Oshidonga, a B in English as a second language, a C symbol in biology, a B in mathematics, a B in geography and C in economics.

“I worked extremely hard during my final year at school and was determined to make a success of it. Because of my hard work I was later given the senior dux learner award.”

Van Zyl is followed by Tuilika Andreas from Duinsesig Combined School, Gerard Hough from Walvis Bay Private High School, Maria Shivute from Duinesig Combined School and Raine Young from Walvis Bay Private High School.

Van Zyl achieved 5 1-gradings and a 2-grading in her subjects and will be pursuing her studies in education at the North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa. Van Zyl is also a gymnast and was named the Junior Sportswoman of the Year in 2017.


Egumbo Eshter from Westside High School was ranked the fourth best student in English second language and Valencia Shipapo, also from Westside High School, was ranked sixth nationally for the same subject. Alexander Kittel and Kyla Engelbrecht from Private School Swakopmund was ranked first and second in German first language.

Luchandra Strauss from De Duine Secondary School was ranked first in Afrikaans second language. Kenzo Molthahn Strzelecki from Namib High School was ranked fourth in German foreign language.

Linea Awala from Namib High School was ranked sixth in biology, while Zoleka Modise from Usakos Junior Secondary School was ranked eighth in geography.

In accounting, Julene Loedolff from Walvis Bay Private High School was ranked eighth, and Eben Katewa from Kuisebmond Secondary School was ranked sixth in business studies.

Daniel Ndinelao from Duinesig Combined School was ranked second in economics.

In design and technology, Gena Leigh de Jager from Walvis Bay Private School was ranked first, while Helen Tjaveondja from Duinesig Combined School was ranked first for office administration and technology.

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