South African matriculant for Honeywell leadership challenge academy

April 17th, 2012, Published in Articles: EngineerIT

Honeywell Leadership Academy.
Third from left: Donovan Sobantu.

Donovan Sobantu was recently selected by Honeywell to participate in the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy (HLCA) in Hunstville Alabama, USA from 26 February to 9 March 2012. Donovan, 17, is the head boy at Wendywood high school in Johannesburg.

The HLCA is open to children of all Honeywell full-time employees globally. Donovan’s, mother Carol is employed by Honeywell in Midrand. Part of a goup of 16 students selected from around the world, Donovan was the only student selected from the Africa, Asia and India region.

The HLCA offers junior and senior level high school students a unique opportunity to enhance their leadership development by participating in challenges that are science, technology, engineering and mathematics based. The academy also introduces students to the American Space Programme, where the HLCA takes place.

Donovan Sobantu.

Donovan said ˝After submitting a written motivation along with my academic report card which highlighted my interest in maths, physics and science, we found out I had won a place just before Christmas 2011. I was originally considering a career in civil or mechanical engineering, but as a result of particpating in the HLCA and the exposure to elements of aerospace and the NASA Space programme, I am now focusing on becoming a aerospace engineer. I was fortunate enough to experience moon-walking and astronaut training via simulators as well as our group being tasked with making a rocket, that actually lifted off to over 300 m high.”

Contact Boni Magudulela, Honeywell, Tel 011 695-8000,