College students celebrate top achievements

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A pair of students from Pontefract’s NEW College are celebrating very different successes.

Emily-Grace Clifton has gained a place at the Royal Northern College of Music while fellow student Esme Lawrence has been selected to join the British Exploring Society’s summer expedition to Norway.

Emily-Grace, who was also chosen to perform with the National Youth Orchestra last month, hopes to become a professional violinist.

The 17-year-old, said: “I was deciding between Birmingham and Royal Northern and eventually picked Royal Northern after finding a great teacher.

“I also love the place. I had to audition at each of the conservatoires, which was tough as the standards are so high and it’s very competitive.”

Sixteen-year-old Esme, from Purston, was accepted on the trip to Norway after having a telephone interview with the British Exploring Society.

The teenager, who studies A-level maths, further maths and French, applied for a bursary for the trip after hearing about it at college.

She said: “I’ve never done anything like this before. It will be a fantastic life experience, and will help towards my application for university.”

Pauline Hagen, college principal, said: “We are all extremely proud of Emily-Grace’s and Esme’s achievements so far and all the hard work they have put in.”




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