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Space Team touch down for tea with Lord Mayor

niraj, michal, pete with lord mayor

14th April 2011

A group of sixth form college students who represented Leicester in the International Space Olympics had tea and biscuits with the Lord Mayor of Leicester on Wednesday 13th April.

The team – which comprised 21 A-Level students from Gateway College, Leicester College, Regent College, Wyggeston Queen Elizabeth I College and the Robert Smyth School – took part in the annual competition in Korolyov, Russia last year.

Among the guests were Michal and Nirav from Regent College, who took part in the 200 strong competition, which included competitors from Russia, USA, Greece and the UK.

The colleges’ participation in the international competition was made possible with the support of Aimhigher Leicester and Leicestershire.

The Lord Mayor of Leicester, Cllr Colin Hall, said: “This is a brilliant example of students from different colleges coming together to represent the city on an international stage. I am sure their participation has helped to build lasting international friendships and strong links between Leicester and Korolyov.”

Michal, 19, is studying Maths, ICT and Physics at Regent, he said: “The best experience was meeting scientists and students from other countries and sharing experiences. The maths paper was hard, I did 12th grade which was the most difficult paper. I plan to go to uni to study Maths after college.”  

Niraj, 19, a Regent College student is studying Maths, Physics and Electronics. He said: “I enjoyed seeing other cultures. I won’t forget how they treated us, we were treated with respect. We also made a lot of friends and I still stay in touch with them through Facebook and Skype. When I finish college I would like to study Electronic Engineering at university. I think that the exam papers I sat during the competition have helped to train me for my university course.  If other students get the opportunity to go on this trip, they should definitely do it.”

Niraj said: “When I went on the trip to Russia I didn’t think that I would go on to meet the Lord Mayor, it’s good, the trip has helped me in many ways.”

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