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KCSE Top Performer Derrick Yegon Discusses Getting Straight As

Strathmore University’s CPA student, top student in the 2015 national examinations KCSE, a singer, an athlete, humble, intelligent, jovial, are among the many qualities that can be used to describe 18 year old, Derrick Yegon, a man of few words.


Last born in a family of four children where the brother he follows was 2nd in his class in 2005 KCSE examination, and listed in the top 100 in Kenya, Derrick is shy to describe his family as an ‘A’ material family… “Let people decide that for us,” he says. Needless to say, the young man is ambitious and is set to score greater heights in a future that is dimmed with a lot of brightness.


“I come from Nakuru, and I studied my high school in Moi High School Kabarack. I would describe my teachers as great men and women who professionally taught us to do our very best in school. They taught us with a lot of zeal and hope,” says Derrick, as he described teachers from a school that produced over 60 students with straight A’s in the last national examination.


Derrick’s great achievement in highschool came from concentrating in class and paying keen attention to his teachers as they taught. He did not read much during free time as most of this time was consumed with working on assignments. However, in his last term of school he tried to revise on areas he felt he was still weak and needed to pay more attention to. Derrick scored straight A’s in all his highschool subjects.


Now studying CPAs, under the Strathmore School of Accountancy, and intending to continue with this even as he starts his undergrad, Derrick believes studying this course is an added plus to any other course one intends on studying. Borrowing a leaf from his brother, whom he describes as a very hardworking man and one he looks up to keenly, Derrick did not hesitate when his parents offered him the option of studying this course at Strathmore. He intends on pursuing an undergrad in Civil Engineering or any other course that will excite him and one that comes with a scholarship, physics and mathematics.


“My parents have raised me well and have really sacrificed a lot to see me get here, and to that am very grateful. They support my decision to study engineering but I would want to ease them off the burden of paying my fees,” he said. “I look up to my brother because he has been a great inspiration to me, his hardwork, time keeping skills, his vision, are just some of the many traits I learn from him. He studied Actuarial Science for his undergraduate, here at Strathmore, and is currently working for one of the big five companies, KPMG,” Derrick added.


For his next 5-10 years, Derrick plans on being financially independent in a field he greatly enjoys and is set to work as hard as he can to achieve this.


He advices high school students to pay close attention to their teachers as they have very important lessons they can borrow to assist them with their studies.


Derrick does not have much free time currently, as school takes up most of this time, but whenever he has a little time to spare on Saturdays he will be in church doing the bridge program offered to ex-candidates.


Being in university is already teaching him one thing he did not learn in high school, research. One of the main reasons Derrick plans on reading more outside of class to keep his A streak spree going.



Congratulations Derrick on your great achievement.