ONE of Sunderland College’s star students, Dominic O’Neill, has clinched a place at Cambridge University.
The 18-year-old from Roker, achieved two A*s in biology and chemistry and an A in maths and will be heading to the top university to study medicine.
He said: “I enjoy helping others, volunteering in the community and I’ve always liked science, so it seemed that studying medicine would be a natural progression for me into a career where I would combine all three passions.
“I’m not sure what specialist field I would love to be a doctor in yet, but I kno w it’s something I’m really looking forward to doing.
“It’s daunting knowing that I’m due to study somewhere with such high standards of education. The selection process itself was almost harder than anything I’ve ever done.”
On gaining his top A-levels, Dominic said: “It was a lot of hard graft, but definitely worth it.”
Dominic is part of a trio of friends, who have gone through Redby Primary, Monkwearmouth School and Sunderland College together and all gained outstanding grades.
Guy Roulstone, 18, from Fulwell, got three As in history, literature and politics and will be going to St Andrew’s University to study history and Christopher Stafford, 18, from Fulwell, got an A* in biology and two As in maths and chemistry and will be studying dentistry at Leeds University.
Other happy students included Sophie Howarth, 18, from Castletown who gained two A*s in law and geography and an A in history and Chantelle Bates, 18, who got and A* in law and two As in psychology and history.