Deanna takes one step closer to her dream

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

FOR 18-year-old Deanna Mills, study­ing bi­ol­ogy and chem­istry at one of the best uni­ver­si­ties in the world has long been a goal.

And now the bud­ding sci­en­tist from Prest­bury is one step closer to ful­fill­ing her dream af­ter be­ing of­fered a place to study nat­u­ral sciences at Mur­ray Ed­wards Col­lege in Cam­bridge.

Deanna, who has an in­ter­est in ge­net­ics and is weigh­ing her fu­ture ca­reer op­tions, is a Manch­ester High School for Girls stu­dent and worked hard through­out school to achieve a to­tal of 11 and a half A*s in her GCSEs.

Deanna has also taken part in a wide range of dif­fer­ent work ex­pe­ri­ence hav­ing spent time in a can­cer lab­o­ra­tory in a hos­pi­tal in Man­i­toba, Canada, as well as a stem cell re­search lab­o­ra­tory at the Uni­ver­sity of Liver­pool.

She also spent time gain­ing hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence of the world of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals while com­plet­ing a place­ment at As­traZeneca.

Deanna said: “I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to the prospect of study­ing at Cam­bridge. It is the per­fect course for me of­fer­ing a wide range of re­search op­por­tu­ni­ties as well as ex­cel­lent con­nec­tions.”

Deanna is cur­rently work­ing on her third Science Crest Award – a UK award scheme which recog­nises suc­cesses in science – and for that she is in­ves­ti­gat­ing moringa oleifera seeds and their abil­ity to pu­rify wa­ter.

And she says she now plans to work harder than ever to achieve the grades she needs in bi­ol­ogy, chem­istry, maths and English lit­er­a­ture to se­cure her place at Cam­bridge.

She con­cluded: “I joined Manch­ester High School for Girls in year seven, and have been in­volved with ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties such as set­ting up a new bi-monthly mag­a­zine, Bio­vi­sion and be­ing science edi­tor of On­ward, our school mag­a­zine.

“I also achieved the Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s Sil­ver award, an ex­pe­ri­ence which re­ally took me out of my com­fort zone. I will miss ev­ery­one here but also can’t wait to get started at uni­ver­sity!”

●● Deanna Mills has been of­fered a place to study at Cam­bridge

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