Shrewsbury School

Oxford awards a second OS undergraduate a German prize

Tuesday 7 August 2012

We were delighted to learn that Will Hedley (Rt 2003-2008) was awarded the David McLintock prize in Germanic Philology. Will read German at St Hilda's College, Oxford.

This prize is awarded, if there is a candidate of sufficient merit, to the candidate whose final papers in Old High German they judge to be the best. Chris Minns, Head of Modern Languages, commented "Will was an impressive Germanist, who excelled in both the language and the literature."

Only a few months ago, we also learned that Alex Beaumont (SH 2005-2010) was awarded a College Exhibition in German from St Hilda's College, at the end of his first year there.

Alex Beaumont blowing out his candles a few years ago!Alex was a Foundation Scholar at Shrewsbury, who was always extremely focused and organised. Despite attending every possible Oxbridge seminar and talk while he was here, Alex wasn't confident that Oxford was the right university for him.  His housemaster, Giles Bell, thought otherwise, and eventually persuaded Alex to try for Oxbridge. Giles then had to apply even more pressure to get Alex to his interview, all the while promising to keep his application quiet, but he was confident that Alex would fall in love with Oxford once he'd been for his interview and seen it for himself.  Giles is unlikely ever to forget the phone call that he later made to Alex's family, which started with the suggestion that they should sit down before he told them some good news.

Chris Minns said "As one of our best Germanists in recent years, with a particular flair for literature, Alex is clearly continuing to impress."

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