Dalriada Pupil gains Scholarship to Harvard

One of Dalriada School’s most gifted pupils, Constantin Arnscheidt, an Upper Sixth student, has won a coveted scholarship place at Harvard University, USA and will join its ranks this autumn.  Having been rejected by the University of Cambridge, this exceptional pupil is now looking forward to studying at the oldest and most prestigious academic establishment in the United States, where his name will join alumni such as Theodore Roosevelt and Barack Obama in the annals, and where Dalriada School will be noted for the first time in the ‘Harvard Freshman Register’ – a hardcover book containing information on incoming students which will then enter Harvard Archive.

Constantin’s achievements are impressive indeed – an A* in GCSE Mathematics while still in Primary Seven, A* grades in GCSE German and Additional Maths in Year 8 at Dalriada School (gaining the top mark in Northern Ireland in GCSE German), A* grades in A2 Maths and German before he was 15 years old and now on target to achieve A* grades in A level Chemistry, Physics, Computing and Music!! All of this has been managed while playing a full and dynamic part in the extra-curricular life of the school.

Mrs Claire Kelly, Head of Careers in Dalriada School said, ‘We are immensely proud of Constantin, who is one of the brightest and most industrious pupils we have ever taught.  His unique achievements have been outstanding and he is fully deserving of a place at this top academic institution.  We wish him well and look forward to hearing about his experiences!’

Constantin and his family would like to thank Mrs Kelly for helping him with his application to Harvard, and also his Music and ICT teachers, Mrs Heather Montgomery and Dr Ian Walker, who, along with Mrs Kelly, wrote references to support his application.  They would also like to pay tribute to Mr Philip Reid, principal of Mill Strand Integrated Primary School in Portrush, who nurtured Constantin’s abilities from an early stage, encouraging him to take his GCSE Mathematics in Primary Seven, in which he achieved an A* grade!  This plan was fully supported by Dr Bob Cummings, former principal of Dominican College Portstewart, who facilitated the unusual project of an eleven year old pupil sitting GCSE in his school.

All teachers are rewarded by seeing students making full use of their talents and educational opportunities, and in this area Constantin has proved a strong role model.  We now hope to see others follow the clear path he has established.