Triple A* student Samara Linton shortlisted for London Schools and the Black Child Academic Achievement Awards

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A triple A* student has been shortlisted for an award celebrating the achievement of young black people in London.

Samara Linton, who is in her first term at the University of Cambridge, was nominated by a family friend for the London Schools and the Black Child Academic Achievement Awards.

The nomination marks the student's outstanding grades as well as her dedication to volunteering. 

The 18-year-old, who studied at The Latymer School in Edmonton, is excited to attend an awards ceremony at the House of Commons on Wednesday, October 10, to find out if she has won.

Hackey North and Stoke Newington MP Diane Abbott will host the event, with star-studded presenters including broadcaster Sir Trevor McDonald, former Spurs and England defender Ledley King and Olympic gold medallist Christine Ohuruogu.

Miss Linton, who lived in the borough before moving to Cambridge last month, said: “It was a real surprise when I found out I had been nominated because I had heard about the awards. My family are all very proud of me.”

The medicine student, who moved to Enfield from Jamaica 11 years ago, has her sights set on becoming a doctor once she has left university, as well as embarking on research work.

Although it is early days and she is yet to start lectures, she is enjoying her time at Cambridge, describing the university as “amazing” and “brilliant.”

She said she worked extremely hard during her chemistry, biology and religious education A-Levels but the "stressful" year paid off as she earned a place at a top university. She also received an A in maths.

Ms Linton volunteered at the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice in Barnet for the last 18 months, and will continue to do so in her university holidays.

Ms Abbott said: “After the summer of celebrating British athletes at the Olympics, I’m really pleased that we have this chance to celebrate some of the high achieving youngsters at schools.

“Samara is a great example of local youngsters who are working hard, setting a good example and making a difference to the local community.

“This year’s candidates have been excellent and it’s been tougher than ever to decide who to shortlist.”

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12:14pm Wed 3 Oct 12

bajowh says...

Congratulations to Samara for her achievement but I'm a little concerned that there seems to be an award system that excludes 'non-black' students. Isn't there a chance that this could be seen as a racist award?
I would have preferred to see London Schools and the Black Child Academic Achievement Awards without the word 'black' in it. After all if you replaced that word with 'white' I suspect there would be protests and perhaps even riots.
Congratulations to Samara for her achievement but I'm a little concerned that there seems to be an award system that excludes 'non-black' students. Isn't there a chance that this could be seen as a racist award? I would have preferred to see London Schools and the Black Child Academic Achievement Awards without the word 'black' in it. After all if you replaced that word with 'white' I suspect there would be protests and perhaps even riots. bajowh

5:10pm Wed 3 Oct 12

ponderman says...

This is blatent discrimination on the basis of colour, as a country I thought that we had moved on from these sort of issues.
This is blatent discrimination on the basis of colour, as a country I thought that we had moved on from these sort of issues. ponderman

6:02pm Wed 3 Oct 12

CrucibleMatters says...

Congratulations to Samara indeed! This makes excellent reading and a refreshing alternative to the usual reports on black crime and African Caribbean underachievement.
Congratulations to Samara indeed! This makes excellent reading and a refreshing alternative to the usual reports on black crime and African Caribbean underachievement. CrucibleMatters

7:34pm Wed 3 Oct 12

firstimpression says...

Congratulations! Samara may your achievements inspire many more BLACK young people to do well in school. I agree with the previous post , It is a pleasant experience to read of black young people in a positive light.
Congratulations! Samara may your achievements inspire many more BLACK young people to do well in school. I agree with the previous post , It is a pleasant experience to read of black young people in a positive light. firstimpression

11:46am Sat 6 Oct 12

dandan2 says...

good for her. I'm proud.
however, it's a shame that us non-black top students from ethnic minority backgrounds who too face/have faced social disadvantage yet is performing very well and will be attending top unis are not recognised, because we got the wrong skin colour.
good for her. I'm proud. however, it's a shame that us non-black top students from ethnic minority backgrounds who too face/have faced social disadvantage yet is performing very well and will be attending top unis are not recognised, because we got the wrong skin colour. dandan2

6:56am Wed 10 Oct 12

age2age says...

Congratulations Samara on your achievement. I am elated that there is a 'black' achievement award. It seems as if some people are ignorant of this country's history and fail to remember how prejudicial it would have been for talent like this to be appropriately commended. The negative news regarding black people and its community is what is oftentimes glamorized and publicized and we need to move away from this. We should be celebrating the talent of Ms Linton rather than degrading it to an issue regarding race. Well Done Samara. You make me proud to be BLACK!!!
Congratulations Samara on your achievement. I am elated that there is a 'black' achievement award. It seems as if some people are ignorant of this country's history and fail to remember how prejudicial it would have been for talent like this to be appropriately commended. The negative news regarding black people and its community is what is oftentimes glamorized and publicized and we need to move away from this. We should be celebrating the talent of Ms Linton rather than degrading it to an issue regarding race. Well Done Samara. You make me proud to be BLACK!!! age2age

8:00am Wed 10 Oct 12

DubyaBee says...

Congratulations Samara, on your nomination and I hope and pray you win. I have no time to waste commenting on other negative responses regarding this. You continue to shine like the star God predestined you to be. God Bless You.
Congratulations Samara, on your nomination and I hope and pray you win. I have no time to waste commenting on other negative responses regarding this. You continue to shine like the star God predestined you to be. God Bless You. DubyaBee

1:49am Fri 12 Oct 12

ponderman says...

age2age wrote:
Congratulations Samara on your achievement. I am elated that there is a 'black' achievement award. It seems as if some people are ignorant of this country's history and fail to remember how prejudicial it would have been for talent like this to be appropriately commended. The negative news regarding black people and its community is what is oftentimes glamorized and publicized and we need to move away from this. We should be celebrating the talent of Ms Linton rather than degrading it to an issue regarding race. Well Done Samara. You make me proud to be BLACK!!!
Whilst I congratulate the lovely young lady in her endevours, please quit with the colour thing, the sooner this crap is consigned to the rubbish bin where it belongs, the sooner we can move forward as one nation working together for the greater good irrespective of colour, race or creed or do YOU want to fuel the fires of nazi oppinion?
[quote][p][bold]age2age[/bold] wrote: Congratulations Samara on your achievement. I am elated that there is a 'black' achievement award. It seems as if some people are ignorant of this country's history and fail to remember how prejudicial it would have been for talent like this to be appropriately commended. The negative news regarding black people and its community is what is oftentimes glamorized and publicized and we need to move away from this. We should be celebrating the talent of Ms Linton rather than degrading it to an issue regarding race. Well Done Samara. You make me proud to be BLACK!!![/p][/quote]Whilst I congratulate the lovely young lady in her endevours, please quit with the colour thing, the sooner this crap is consigned to the rubbish bin where it belongs, the sooner we can move forward as one nation working together for the greater good irrespective of colour, race or creed or do YOU want to fuel the fires of nazi oppinion? ponderman

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