Elite Nobel scholarship for Bahrain youngster.
Bahrain School student Chantelle Le Roux is now a member of the US-based National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).
The organisation has been running since 2002 and recognises academic excellence at high school level.
Member-ship entitles qualified students to scholarship opportunities, academic competitions, free events and participation in programmes around the world offered by educational partners.
The 17-year-old says she was delighted at being selected and given such an opportunity.
The school had received an invitation from NSHSS in March to select a student to join, which was presented to Chantelle in a form of a gift and card in appreciation of her outstanding work.
"I was very surprised at being chosen because initially I didn't even know about the society," she said.
"It just felt very strange to me that they had asked me of all people to join. I am extremely happy," she said.
Chantelle is currently in Grade 10 and will be continuing with her studies next year on the International Baccalaureate programme at the school.
Subjects she will be taking include Higher English, Higher Art, Higher Maths, Standard History, Standard Physics and a beginner's course in Arabic.
Chantelle, who also enjoys playing the drums and painting in her spare time, hopes to take advantage of the scholarship opportunities provided by the NSHSS.
"I'm hoping to get a scholarship for college when I figure out what career path I want to go down," she said.
"It will most probably be in music production or maybe even art direction. I want to keep my options open."
"My parents never really pressured me as a child, but I always worked hard from an early age.
"Anyone can achieve anything if they work hard enough and follow their dreams."
An announcement was made by the NSHSS founder and chairman Claes Nobel to congratulate Chantelle.
"On behalf of NSHSS, I am honoured to recognise the hard work, sacrifice and commitment that Chantelle Le Roux has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of academic excellence," she said.
"Chantelle is now a member of a unique community of scholars - a community that represents our very best hope for the future."
Bahrain School principal Gail Anderson praised Chantelle for the achievement.
"Chantelle is an exceptionally bright student and to have someone from sophomore year achieve such a feat is tremendous. We are extremely proud of her," she said.
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