Students shine at awards evening

PUBLISHED: 09:37 06 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:57 11 May 2010

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TALENTED and hard working students were rewarded at their school presentation evening. The Meridian School presented awards to GCSE and A-level students. Pat Baxter, chairman of governors at Meridian, said: We are extremely proud of all the students col

TALENTED and hard working students were rewarded at their school presentation evening.

The Meridian School presented awards to GCSE and A-level students.

Pat Baxter, chairman of governors at Meridian, said: "We are extremely proud of all the students collecting certificates and awards tonight. It is a testament to Meridian that there are so many outstanding performances."

The recipient of the prestigious Meridian Award for the "most outstanding overall contribution to the school" went to Emma Higton, about whom headteacher Dr Michael Firth said: "What this student managed to achieve in five years at Meridian was truly outstanding.

"Not only did she involve herself actively in all aspects of school life, she did so with the character of someone who was an ideal role model for younger students.

"Whether working in the classroom, on stage, on the netball court or elsewhere in school or out, she displayed the highest standards of application, attitude and achievement."

Speaker at the evening was David Spiegelhalter, ranked in the top 50 most-cited mathematical scientists in the world in the last 10 years.

He is now the Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge.

A spokesman for the school said: "He gave an interesting account of his life and loves, mainly in the area of maths, and his link to Meridian as a maths and computing specialist college.

"As a statistician, he was particularly pleased to note that Meridian was presenting a statistics prize along with the usual mathematics prizes.

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