A TEENAGER whose studies were interrupted while she battled cancer has chalked up outstanding A-level results and achieved her ambition of winning a place at medical school.
Liz Edwards, 19, from Hartlepool, had to put her studies at Teesside High School on hold in December 2012 when diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, a form of cancer which develops in the lympathic system.
Described by her teachers as being dedicated and having “a meticulous approach” to her studies, Liz had been studying AS levels in biology, chemistry, geography and economics with the aim of going to medical school.
Her illness meant she had to defer her offer of a university place at the Hull York Medical School in order to concentrate on her own health.
She underwent chemotherapy and took the remainder of the academic year off to recover and recuperate.
During her absence from school, Liz used the time to consult with medical professionals about her future carer, giving her valuable experience and reaffirming her choice to study medicine.
Liz returned to Teesside High School in September 2013 to complete her A level courses with an even more determined attitude.
It was no surprise to her teachers that she achieved two A*s and an A at A-level, winning her a place study her dream profession.
Her father, John said: “Liz has worked tremendously well over the past few years. Even in the face of adversity, Liz has put in the time and effort to ensure she goes on to study Medicine at Hull York Medical School. We can’t thank Teesside High School enough for their support.”
Another Teesside High School student, Matthew Twohig, will study medicine at Manchester University after achieving one A*, one A and one B.
Head girl, Lydia Neave was also celebrating after achieving one A*, one A and one B, allowing her to study psychology at university.
Head teacher, Deborah Duncan, said: “I am incredibly proud of Liz, Lyndia, Matthew and all other students that have achieved their first or second choices at university.”
Every student at the Eaglescliffe school achieved an A*-C pass this year in seven subjects while 87.5 per cent of all students achieved three A*-E A-level passes.