Sharon's Busy Summer
Wednesday, 05 September 2018
Sharon Daniel, a Y12 student at Bolton School Girls’ Division and former Child Genius winner, has had a busy summer as she took part in the UK chess challenge 2018 whilst doing her GCSEs! Sharon was one of 40,000 chess players who started the competition and performed outstandingly to make it all the way to the Mega-Final where she won the U16 Suprema title. As a result of her success, Sharon was part of only 5% of the original competitors who qualified for the Giga-Final. In spite of having to play with many other participants who were older than her, she won the title for the Northern Giga-Final Ultima 2018 and consequently qualified for the final round the Terra-Final where the final 72 competitors will compete. All this whilst achieving eight 9s, two 8s, an A* and a double A* in her GCSEs!
During the summer holidays Sharon achieved the Science Gold Crest award by the British Science Association after completing a project entitled “Will histological techniques revolutionise the diagnosis of diseases?” under the stewardship of Professor Rachel Watson at the University of Manchester. Sharon also had her article about “MELAS Syndrome” published on the Young Scientist Journal website.
Over the last academic year, when she was in Y11, she volunteered for a total of 100 plus hours helping out in a residential care home, a Sue Ryder charity shop, mentoring with Farnworth youth group and, as a result, achieved the V inspired certificate for young people.
Her father, Dr Daniel, said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Headmistress and the teachers of Bolton School who have been very supportive, encouraging and motivating in helping Sharon achieve progress in both academic and extra-curricular activities.”
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