Heaton teenager gets summer camp place at prestigious Harvard University

A top student from Newcastle Sixth Form College is off to to one of America's most prestigious universities

Detroit Osei-Bonsu
Detroit Osei-Bonsu

Grade A student Detroit Osei-Bonsu has beat thousands of teenagers to a place at the summer camp of America’s prestigious Harvard University.

At just 16, Detroit is already the Newcastle indoor climbing champion and is training for the British Karate Championships with Gosforth Karate Club.

The talented teenager from Heaton also has a dance scholarship with Newcastle’s Dance City.

Now, following an arduous selection process, including a three-day residential in London, the Newcastle Sixth Form College student is one of just 150 students from across the UK who have been invited to travel to the US this summer.

Detroit, whose dream is to study at the Barnard College in New York, will spend a week in August touring around some of America’s top universities, including Harvard.

She said: “I was totally shocked when I received an email saying I had been accepted to attend the summer camp.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to visit American universities to see if studying over there is for me. I feel extremely lucky to have access to such amazing opportunities.”

Detroit was chosen from an original pool of 3,000 suitable applicants from across the UK who applied for the summer camp.

It is eligible to those young people who have hopes of studying at university in America, but first, students must pass strict criteria, including passing an academic test and showing involvement in extra-curricular groups and organisations.

Steve Gibson, principal at Newcastle Sixth Form College, said: “Academically, Detroit is exceptional, but her involvement in the college’s enrichment activities is also notable, so I am not surprised that she has been invited to the Harvard summer camp.

“I have no doubt whatsoever that she will achieve what she sets out to do. She is very motivated and ambitious. A credit to herself and Newcastle Sixth Form College.”


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