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Inspirational Denbighshire student overcomes adversity to earn University spot

Published date: 16 August 2014 |
Published by: Free Press Reporter
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AN INSPIRATIONAL student has overcome adversity to secure a place at her first choice university with top grades.
 
Chelsea Williams suffers with the crippling neurological condition cerebral palsy, as well as epilepsy.
 
But she refused to allow her condition to stand between her and her university dreams.
 
The 19-year-old wheelchair user finally achieved the grades she wanted despite falling ill last year and having to extend her A-level studies at Connah’s Quay High School.
 
Having fallen ill last year with many complications to her condition, Chelsea, from Rhewl, Denbighshire, was constantly in and out of hospital, missing vital lesson time which affected her learning and threatened to derail her A-level efforts.
 
However, she was determined to complete her qualifications and another year on, she has finally achieved the grades she craved. 
 
She joined thousands of other students across the nation in receiving her A-level results yesterday.
 
And after learning she had secured A-levels in psychology, history and English literature, together with an AS in politics and passing the Welsh Baccalaureate, Chelsea’s place at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk was confirmed.
 
She said: “I was absolutely ecstatic to get into my first-choice university.
 
“All my family are really proud. I just can’t wait to go now.”
Chelsea is now looking froward to starting her psychology degree and hopes to help people cope with physical disabilities when she graduates.
 
When asked how she deals with the condition that affects her everyday movement and co-ordination: “You just have to cope with it, don’t you? Anybody would.”

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