WFC’S maths whizz goes from zero to hero

Thomas Langford

WATERFALL College’s SPAR Star of the Month is its head boy for 2017, Thomas Langford.

“Writing the Advanced Programme Mathematics matric finals in my Grade 11 year was my greatest achievement,” said a proud Thomas.

He credited his success to his teachers. “Louis Conradie and Keith Decker took me from zero to hero in mathematics.”

The head of mathematics at the school, Keith Decker, elaborated, “When Thomas joined Waterfall College in his Grade 9 year, he received zero per cent for his first core mathematics test.

“In his Grade 10 year, he asked whether it would be possible for me to teach him Advanced Programme Mathematics and wanted to complete the course in two years, so that he could write the final Grade 12 examination at the end of his Grade 11 year.

“I explained to him that it would require an enormous commitment on his behalf. His success is a remarkable achievement. He has a real interest in the subject and is consistently achieving marks around 90 per cent. He will be writing the South African Mathematics Olympiad this month.”

Thomas is an equestrian and also has a passion for dancing, both of which he said helps him remain physically fit and mentally focused.

One of his highlights was dancing in Grease, in the National Arts Youth Festival at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre last year.

As head of the Student Christian Association for 2017, Thomas sees his success as being based on his faith.

“Everything about me revolves around my faith in God.” Asked about his role as head boy, he said, “It’s challenging at times, but definitely worth the commitment. The reward is not one of gold and silver, but rather in helping others achieve.”

His parents. Michael and Samantha, both said, “We are amazed at how the Lord has shaped Thomas’ life and blessed him so that he, in turn, is a blessing to the world. His academic talent and diligent work ethic have produced achievements in dancing, academics, service and leadership.”

Thomas is currently considering his options to study architecture, mathematics, physics or chemistry after school, either locally or abroad.

“Waterfall College wishes Thomas success in completing his matric year and for his future career,” said the school’s marketer, Keryn House.



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