Sonjani said despite attending classes throughout the year and additional mathematics and physical sciences classes on a Saturday and Sunday, he believed he could have achieved more.
“I sacrificed so much, but can’t help but feel I could have done better.
“While I am happy to receive an accolade at these awards, I was actually aiming for the national awards.
“But regardless, I know I have done enough for a good foundation,” Sonjani said.
He said he would be studying a BSc in medical sciences at the University of Pretoria in 2019.
“I hope my achievement also helps encourage other pupils from similar backgrounds to realise through dedication and sacrifice they can become whatever they want.
“Where you are now does not have to determine where you are in future,” Sonjani said.
An excited Ownhouse said he now had a total of seven bursaries to choose from, following the announcement of his matric results on Friday.
“I am very happy to not worry about my finances for the year anymore.
“I am actually ready for university now, and can’t wait to start,” Ownhouse said.
He has narrowed his future plans down to two universities and two courses: either studying medicine or chemical engineering at Wits or UCT.