Yale Sixth Form at Coleg Cambria recently launched the first ever Rhiannon Hartwell Prize.

The Rhiannon Hartwell prize was established to recognise a student who has performed particularly well during their first year studying A level English Literature at Coleg Cambria’s Yale Sixth Form.  Rhiannon is a former Yale Sixth student and also a former pupil of St Joseph’s Catholic and Anglican High School in Wrexham.

21-year-old Rhiannon from Chirk is seen as a role model to current students as she went on to achieve a First Class degree in English at Cambridge, and is now studying for her Masters and specialising in Anglo-Welsh poetry.

The winner of the Rhiannon Hartwell prize for the first time ever was Katia Allen, 16 from Hawarden.  Katia, who is studying A levels in Drama, Media and English Literature, has done extremely well in her first year of studies at the college.

Katia said that:

“Winning this prize was very unexpected but an honour.  I really enjoy my studies here at college and hope to go on to university to read English.”

“It’s a strange feeling but a privilege to be recognised as a role model for others” added Rhiannon.

“To have a prize in my name is an honour, and I hope I can inspire others to do well at college and enjoy their studies as much as I did whilst at Coleg Cambria.”

The Deputy Director for Humanities A levels at Yale Sixth, Neil Roberts who was present at the meeting between Rhiannon and Katia along with their teacher Jan Westwood, said:

“The English department at Yale has an excellent track record of getting A level students to the top universities, especially Oxford and Cambridge. We are particularly keen to use these former students as role models and mentors, in order to motivate more young people in the region to aspire to be the very best.”

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