Arendse, who matriculated from Oracle Academy High School in Ottery last year, went up against more than 500 participants.
She was among Cape Town’s top pupils honoured by Engen Petroleum during a ceremony on Saturday at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
Arendse lives by the philosophy that hard work and dedication will open doors. It is this belief that saw her achieving six distinctions, including 85% for science and 89% for English in the 2018 matric exams. These results ensured that she secured a place to study a BSc degree in civil engineering at UCT.
“I want to become a successful civil engineer and a proud representative of women in engineering. I also want to be a part of projects that improve both the built and natural environment by making new discoveries and making the lives of my fellow South Africans better,” Arendse said.