SOUTH Africa can look forward to at least four future doctors as these The Herald Matric of the Year finalists aim to take the medical world by storm.
Aiswarya Prasad, 18, of Clarendon High School for Girls has wanted to study medicine for as long as she can remember.
The academic honours pupil plans to study medicine at the University of Pretoria.
Aiswarya has won awards at maths and English olympiads, is the school's Interact treasurer and a library monitor.
She also has Eastern Province colours for chess and is captain of the school team.
Her community involvement includes service at the Bethany Children's Home and she's taught at Qhasana High School as part of an outreach programme.
She is also a library monitor and a First Aid executive committee member with a level one qualification.
Ziyanda Zondeka, 18, of Hector Peterson High School in Zwelitsha, sees herself as a hardworking doctor. The health-conscious teenager is a school prefect and deputy chairwoman of the debating society.
The aspirant doctor has won numerous awards in maths, physical and life sciences and accounting, which saw her become her grade's top pupil last year.
A confident speaker, she has participated in and won in the Young Communicator's Awards and the State of the Province Address competition.
Ziyanda is also a member of the science club and won a Science Week maths and science quiz at the University of Fort Hare.
She also plays first team netball at school and in her community.
Her dream is to study medicine at Wits University.
Tahlia Naidoo, 18, of Riebeek College Girls' High School in Uitenhage is, among other things, a school prefect, house captain, first team tennis captain, first team hockey vice-captain and head of the First Aid committee.
She also heads the Interact society event section, organising volunteer work at soup kitchens, hospitals, old age homes and schools. The philanthropist has also helped raise funds for numerous needy causes.
The academic colours pupil took first position in maths paper 3 – an optional matric exam attempted by the boffins.
She is on the school magazine committee, working as a writer, editor and photographer, has Grade 3 in music and serves on the drama and dance committees.
Tahlia, who is the third in her family to be a finalist, plans to follow in her older sister's footsteps and study medicine at the University of Cape Town (UCT) or Stellenbosch.
Kurt van Staden, 18, of Grey High School, is aiming to go into hospital management.
Kurt, whose older brother Quintin won the competition two years ago, is a school and house prefect.
He is captain of the school and house swimming teams and a staff-sergeant in the Grey Military Band.
He is a senior councillor in the Junior City Council (JCC) and chairs the school's community service wing, Grey Union.
Kurt is the Eastern Cape ambassador for Hip2B² and was its IThink co-ordinator last year.
He captains the Eastern Cape high schools aquatic team, plays under-19 EP waterpolo and does lifesaving, which saw him come second in the country for board rescue.
Kurt also serves on the photographic club and President's Award Society, is the editor-in-chief of the school magazine, and has school colours for cultural service.