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Student wins college scholarship 30 April 2007

A 15-year-old student from Castle Rushen High School has been awarded the Department of Education’s annual scholarship to Atlantic College in Wales.

Emma Sayle, of Ballatrollag Farm, Ballabeg, will study for an International Baccalaureate Diploma for two years from September.

Emma is sitting 12 GCSEs this summer but already has a GCSE in Latin at grade A, which she achieved in just a year and with just an hour’s tuition a week by video conferencing.

She plays ladies’ football and hockey at club level and is a talented singer and musician who performs in her school’s wind band and in the Manx Youth Orchestra.

A member of the Service Players, Emma was recently named Young Actor of Mann, having previously been a finalist in the competition. Emma is also a Young Leader with her local Brownie Unit, working with children aged seven to nine. An active member of the Young Farmers’ organisation, she won a reserve champion accolade for her handling of Jersey cows at the Southern Agricultural Show.

Castle Rushen High School Head Teacher, Maria Tomaszewska, said Emma had an ‘excellent work ethic’ and was ‘prepared to go that extra mile for first-class work.’ She said Emma possessed ‘natural leadership qualities and great potential’.

Emma said of her selection:

‘I am thrilled to be selected. The scholarship is a once-in-a-lifetime stepping stone to the future.’

Atlantic College, a United World College, is located in St Donat’s Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan on the south coast of Wales and was founded in 1962 by Kurt Hahn, who believed it should provide an atmosphere that would draw out of students a greater range of talents than they believed they possessed.

The International Baccalaureate requires a broad base of study in six fields – a mother tongue language, a second language, mathematics, art, experimental sciences and technology and a study of individuals and societies. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition, board and travel home for the two-year, pre-university course.

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