A SCHOOLGIRL with dreams of flying into space has won a scholarship for a prestigious science course in America.
Emma Willett, from The Petersfield School, is over the moon to have been chosen as one out of just 10 15 to 18-year-old students in the country for the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy.
The course, which has been developed in partnership with the US Space and Rocket centre in Alabama, provides youngsters with a unique opportunity to mix with industry experts in science, technology, engineering and maths.
These include NASA, the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology.
Emma, 15, said: ‘I couldn’t believe it when I got the letter.
‘I’m looking forward to this fantastic opportunity.
‘I’ve wanted to be an astronaut since I was a little girl and as I’ve grown older my interest in space science has continued to grow, so this is just perfect for me.’
Emma was selected after submitting two lengthy online essay questions on school activities, community service, life experiences and ambitions for the future.
She is now looking forward to taking part in a series of science-oriented workshops and exercises designed to challenge her in several key areas.
These include leadership, effective communication, team cohesion and critical thinking.