Metro North pays tribute to Keisha Ruiters, posthumously.
In February, the Metro North District held their 2018 NSC Award Ceremony at Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre. One special award went to Keisha Ruiters, a Grade 12 NSC candidate who passed away just eight days after writing her last exam.
Keisha was from Hoerskool Marian RC and wrote the NSC whilst suffering from leukemia. She became gravely ill on the day she wrote History paper 2 on 21 November and was admitted to hospital. Keisha then wrote English HL Paper 3 and Afrikaans FAL Paper 3 in hospital, writing her last exam on 26 November and sadly passing away on Tuesday 4 December 2018.
Despite these challenges she achieved a bachelors pass with a 71.6% average and 94% for history.
Lynette Ruiters, Keisha’s mother, was present at the award ceremony where they paid tribute to the memory of Keisha. She also accepted the Director’s Award on behalf of her daughter.
Metro North District Director, David Millar, said that he decided to award Keshia as a tribute to her, and to the many matrics, who struggle through adversity, yet show grit to succeed.
“Illness could not take her achievement away. Even in death she left an indelible mark on us as people who knew her – some better than others,” said Millar.
“Her unwavering grit and determination to succeed against all odds was the one factor that led her being granted the award, posthumously.”