St Charles College’s Jason Lazarov is the top Cambridge International A Level (Advanced Level) pupil for 2019.
Jason achieved a full house of four distinctions and an average of 90% for his subjects, proving again that South African pupils can hold their own against their peers worldwide.
The A Level courses are the gold standard for access to the world’s top universities and demand deep conceptual understanding and analytic skills.
It is no wonder that at many US universities A Level students are given credit for their first year in mathematics, physics and chemistry. Students usually take three A Levels, but extraordinary students may take four if they are academically mature.
In September, Jason was announced as the St Charles College Dux for 2019. He achieved five distinctions at the AS Level, including 98% for mathematics. He will start his engineering career at the University of Pretoria and hopes to then pursue aeronautical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.
Jason was in good company with fellow student Jacob Queen, who earned two A Level distinctions, in mathematics and physics. He will be studying in the US this year.
Unversity of Pretoria
Other celebrations of excellence included Travis Dellar (five AS Level distinctions, including 94% for English), Graydn Gurney (five AS Level distinctions), Joseph Kimathi (five AS level distinctions), Stefan Tredoux (four AS Level distinctions) and Josh Mayo (four AS Level distinctions).
Five of the six boys are heading to the University of Pretoria. Travis will be studying a BCom through Unisa and hopes to head off in a business direction.
Graydn has been accepted into BCom informatics, Joseph expects to join him for computer science, Stefan will follow the mechanical engineering route and Josh will be doing civil engineering.
“It is 18 years since St Charles College began offering international Cambridge qualifications. With rapid change, a mismatch of education and the reality of the new economy, it is reassuring to be linked to an institution that is at the very edge of the best thinking in the world, as we actively transform and innovate our way to being established as the school that Africa needs,” said principal Allen van Blerk.