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Faculty’s top achievers celebrated
Author: Aamirah Sonday and Daniel Bugan
Published: 28/11/2022

​​​CGW Schumann Medal recipient of 2021, Lauren Tsafandakis, recently celebrated her achievement with faculty management and family at the Postcard Café near Stellenbosch.

The CGW Schumann Medal is awarded annually to the best postgraduate student in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at Stellenbosch University. For 2021 it was awarded to Lauren Tsafandakis who completed her undergraduate degree (BAcc) with a weighted average of 92.7% in 2020, and BAccHons with an average of 87.1% in 2021. Tsafandakis is currently completing her articles at the professional services firm PwC. 

Speaking after the lunch, Tsafandakis shared: “I felt incredibly honoured to receive the award. The lunch with the faculty executive was absolutely lovely; I am very grateful to have attended Stellenbosch University where I feel my achievements are so celebrated. It was a wonderful afternoon and I am excited for the future of the Faculty and School of Accountancy.”

As dean of the faculty, Professor Ingrid Woolard is always elated when students excel. “The CGW Schumann Medal is the highest honour a student within our faculty can receive. To be the recipient is a testament to both Lauren’s natural skill but also her dedication to her academic studies. She is an inspiration to us, and her fellow students and we are so proud to be able to call her a Matie,” she shared.

The importance of working hard was echoed by Tsafandakis, “I do seem to have a knack for academics, but I also worked incredibly hard over the course of my studies. I would like to think that it is a mixture of the two."

Celebrating Tsafandakis’ achievement and that of the 2019 and 2020 awardees, Willem Wilken and Jamie Stolk, was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, both Wilken and Stolk could not attend this year’s lunch as they are abroad.