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Sarah scoops top Oxford Uni literature prize
A HASLINGTON teenager has won a top academic award for her work in an Oxford University project.
Sarah Edwards, 17, has been awarded the Scholar Prize in Italian Literature after taking part in the year-long Pembroke North programme run by the university’s Pembroke College.
Students are interviewed before starting the project and throughout the year take part in mock lectures and seminars, attend residential schools and produce essays on a range of humanities subjects such as history, classics and philosophy.
“It’s a really good experience to get a taste of university life and it is hard work but fun,” said Sarah, adding: “Throughout the summer residential week we had to prepare an essay on a subject unfamiliar to us and were given access to the Bodleian Library to do our reading.”
Sarah, who studies history, English language and literature and Spanish at Sir John Deane’s College, was given the topic of Italian Literature for her summer residential week.
She was awarded the Scholar Prize which is given to two students based on the essay produced at the end of the summer week and their performance throughout the year.
“I wasn’t really thinking about winning any prizes because I was working so hard on the essay but it means so much to me,” said Sarah, who wants to study English literature at university.
“It has been a really brilliant experience and I would recommend it to anyone.”
Sarah was joined on the Pembroke North programme by six other Sir John Deane’s College pupils – Karolina Dimitrova, Harriet Loney, Rhiannon Graham, Sam Holcroft, Alice Simkin and Sophie Freeman.
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