As part of a special series, we turn our attention to the leading ladies at Rydal Penrhos in our Female Focus features.
The latest instalment features Prep School pupil Ruby Merrick:
The daughter of teacher Nicola and sister to former Rydal Penrhos pupil Sam has enjoyed an enormously busy few months at the Prep School, something that has brought with it a host of success stories that have made the headlines.
Perhaps her crowning achievement so far this year was emerging as the Regional and District winner from the Rotary International Britain and Ireland Young Writers’ competition, where she beat out hundreds of entries to gain the prize.
Ruby’s entry will now go on to the overall final in the hope of gaining the national honour, and she will learn her fate later this year.
A talented netballer, Ruby was part of the U11 side that achieved phenomenal success in the Urdd tournament this year, where they were crowned Conwy champions after a dazzling display at Colwyn Bay Leisure Centre.
The group went on to represent the region in the National Finals at Aberystwyth, and they once again performed exceptionally to become the first ever Rydal Penrhos side to make it to the quarter final stage.
As if there was no end to her talents, the 11-year-old also gained a Distinction in her Music Theory test administered by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, and was also commended for her efforts in producing a sensational design for a special Eco Up-Cycling competition organised by The Pod.
The pupil also made a lasting impression on Head of English and Drama Leah Crimes, who has awarded her a Drama scholarship to the Senior School next year.
Prep School head Roger McDuff, said: “Ruby is a highly energetic and polite pupil who has been a pleasure to call one of our own.
“She is multi-talented, has a great attention to detail and demonstrates an enormous amount of potential in various areas of school life. These are traits that will guarantee she is going to be a huge success when she makes the short trip down the hill in September.”