A Ripley student has been selected from more than 2,000 applicants across the country for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study in America.
Mill Hill School pupil Dominic Currins, 17, of Swanwick, is one of 175 students who have been awarded a coveted place on the Sutton Trust US Programme for 2014.
He will study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston for a week in August where he will live on campus and take part in a range of activities.
Dominic, who is studying AS-Levels in Chemistry, Biology, English Literature, History and Maths at Mill Hill School at Peasehill, said he was thrilled to be selected for the programme.
He said: “I didn’t really know that this kind of opportunity existed until we were told about it at school.
“I never thought I would ever be able to do something like this.”
Dominic had to satisfy strict criteria to qualify for the programme which included achieving eight A or A* grades at GCSE.
He had to fill in a rigorous online application form and complete a video interview before taking part in a four-day residential course at the London School of Economics in April.
Dominic said: “I was really happy just to get as far as the residential course, but when I received an email to say I had been selected to go to America I couldn’t believe it.
“I was shocked and overjoyed. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me.”
Last week he sat the American College Test in London, the results will determine whether he will be able to study in America in the future.
Helen Fozard, head of sixth form at Mill Hill, said she was extremely pleased.
“We’re delighted that Dominic has been selected for this fantastic opportunity, it was a rigorous selection process and he should feel proud to have been selected,” she said.