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 Boarding pupil and all-round star Sydney Johnson:
It has been an eventful year for Year 9 pupil Sydney, who has achieved a plethora of honours as she continues to establish herself as one of the brightest young minds at Rydal Penrhos.
The 14-year-old has hit the headlines in a variety of areas in recent months, most notably as part of the school team that finished second at the Rotary International Youth Speaks National Finals.
Together with teammates Cerys Cuddihy and Kevin Farrell, who qualified for the event after winning their local, regional and district heats in fine style, once again produced a phenomenal display on their chosen topic ‘Guilt – is it good or bad?’, to come away with runners-up for their wonderful efforts.
If that wasn’t enough, after six years of male dominance, having won four of her six events and finishing second and fourth in the other two, Sydney was also crowned the first ever Inter-Boarding House Superstars champion, beating RGC U16 star Jack Jones and Leo Ludwig to the title.
The daughter of former pupil Yvie Johnson is also a gifted performing artist, as was demonstrated in her portrayal of a cheating wife in a Village Scandal for Payne House in the recent Inter-House Drama Competition, which saw them take the Best Acted crown.
Her creative side was evident once again last year as the Boarding pupil’s poetry was selected for publication in the Young Writers’ Anthology, which was celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Deputy Head Tim Cashell, said: “It has been another marvellous year of achievement for Sydney, who is blossoming into a fantastic all-round pupil with plenty of strings to her bow.
“Since she arrived here in 2014 as a Year 7 pupil, Sydney has grown in confidence with eash passing day and hopefully this trend continues long into the future.”