If you’ve been passing time by catching up on series, then you’re probably familiar with some inspiring on-screen high schoolers. Here are some of our own favourites and why we love them.

Kea (Rhythm City)

Kea, played by Kamogelo Molatlhoe on Rhythm City is a young girl who’s currently in matric. She’s the true definition of a good friend, the kind of ride or die friend that every girl needs. Like many teenagers, she has her flaws and mistakes and has made a lot of bad decisions, but we love her for always staying true to herself, focusing so much on her studies while still being a teenager and getting into trouble and having fun.

Winnie (Is’thunzi)

Winnie, who’s played by Thuso Mbedu on the drama series Is’Thunzi, can be described as a real risk taker. She comes together with her group of friends and they connect over the struggles they all face individually. Although Winnie has a bad girl reputation and isn’t afraid to try anything, she’s really the glue that holds her friendship circle together. What we adore the most about her is her fearlessness.

Wendy Dlamini (Blood & Water)

Natasha Thahane plays Wendy on Blood & Water, and while we don’t always agree with everything she does, we can’t help but find her likeable. She’s not your typical on-screen sweetheart, but we appreciate her passion for her school’s newspaper and her assertiveness.

Alex Dunphy (Modern Family)

If you’re a Modern Family fan, then Alex Dunphy, played by Ariel Winter Workman, is a character you’re familiar with. Although she left for college in season 7, we still love the kind of high schooler she was. We admire how dedicated she is to her studies and family.

Puleng Khumalo (Blood & Water)

Blood & Water is most South Africans’ Netflix fave, so we’re pretty certain you know Puleng Khumalo who’s played by Ama Qamata. Puleng’s on a mission to find her sister and she’s unstoppable in her quest. She’s a down-to-earth young girl who simply wants to get to the bottom of the truth. We admire and adore her resilience to continue with her mission no matter how many times she gets knocked down.

All these young women’s characters have different things that we love, but one thing they all have in common is showing us that your age and your circumstances should never stop you from going for what you want. If you have other on-screen high school faves you wanna share with us, do that on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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