HOW wonderfully unassuming, friendly and enthusiastic Becky Boyland is. Hatherleigh should be extremely proud of her as she celebrates her great A-level results and imminent departure to Cambridge University.
Becky's earliest memory of education in Hatherleigh was painting a Friesian cow at playschool in the old town hall. She says her favourite years at Hatherleigh Primary School were with Mrs Fawcett and Mrs Jones in reception and Year One.
After achieving eleven A*s and one A in GCSE at Okehampton College, Becky has obtained three A*s and an A in her A levels and will be starting her natural sciences degree course at Cambridge University in a few days.
Becky doesn't agree with the assumption that GCSE and A level exams are getting easier. They require hard work and perseverance, she insists.
Becky is modest and her enthusiasm infectious. She says she will always love Hatherleigh and it has been a wonderful place to grow up in, with truly inspiring people and tremendous community spirit.
This will ensure, she is certain, that she will receive a warm welcome when she returns in the holidays.
A student as lively and unassuming as Becky will always be welcome wherever she goes. I am sure Hatherleigh wishes her great happiness and success at university, together with fellow Hatherleigh students taking the same big step. Rachael Piddington begins her degree course in geography at Bristol and Stephen Downing is studying law and criminology at the University of the West of England. Hatherleigh is proud of them all.