East Norfolk students to be sent to America

Alan Taylor

Alan Taylor - Credit: Archant

Two East Norfolk Sixth Form students are in the news - one for gaining the chance to experience a different life, the other to experience what life at work could be like.

Tom Clarke

Tom Clarke - Credit: Archant

Tom Clarke has been named as one of the 150 lucky students who will spend a week at an Ameican university this summer. Over 1,200 students competed for the places so Tom's achievement is even more incredible.

The Sutton Trust and the US-UK Fulbright Commission confirmed the placements for the fifth cohort for the Sutton Trust US Programme last week. The aim is to encourage academically talented, low and middle income British students to consider studying at US universities.

Tom said: 'Studying in the US has always been a dream of mine. I was astounded to find out I'd been accepted onto the Sutton Trust US programme. The reality that in just over a year's time I could be living in the US, beginning my undergraduate study still hasn't quite sunk in!'

Students participate in a summer school at either the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) or Yale University, with a university fair hosted at Harvard University. They will spend a week living on campus and visit a number of other US universities in the area.

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meanwhile, Alana Taylor has spent a week gaining work experience at Channel 4.

Alana was one of 17 successful candidates chosen from over 900 applicants.

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She had the opportunity to certify a programme which included picking out strong language, surgery scenes, nudity and more, to flag it up and record the time it appeared; and was tasked with picking out any racism, sexism and nudity in a programme called It was Alright in the 60's.

Her final day was her most enjoyable as she was introduced to a show called The Changing Room and asked to watch the show and note what worked well and what didn't. She had to re-write what talent she would use to make it more successful and possible segments that could be included.

She said: 'This has given me a sense of direction to get more involved in the industry, especially in an area like commissioning that I had never thought of before.'

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