Shrewsbury International School Bangkok, Riverside is celebrating six offers from the world’s most sought after universities in both the UK and the USA. With three Early Decision offers from the United States’ Ivy League, two offers from the University of Cambridge and one from the University of Oxford, Shrewsbury builds on its unparalleled track record of placing students in the most prestigious higher education institutions, year after year.
With hundreds of applications still in process, it will be a few months before we can report of the full range of offers for Shrewsbury’s Class of 2020, but with over 200 offers from universities in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, The Netherlands, UK, USA and Thailand, 2020 is shaping up to be another hugely successful year.
Chavin (Kris) Udomwongsa will be the first Shrewsbury student to attend New Hampshire Ivy League University, Dartmouth College. Attracted by the schools’ ‘quarter system’ and the wide variety of experiences this will expose him to, Kris ultimately wants to major in Computer Science and Maths. Musician Kris, who has recently held leadership positions as both Prefect and House Captain, is part of a family of ‘firsts’; his brother Gunner (Class of 2018) was the first Shrewsbury student to attend the highly regarded Vanderbilt University in Tennessee.
Two more outstanding Class of 2020 students have also accepted Early Decision Offers from an Ivy League university. Tuttera (Maywa) Padungrat and Patorn Hanchaikul will both be making their way to Cornell University, New York. With a broad range of academic interests, Cornell’s highly regarded Liberal Arts programme is a natural choice for Maywa. Having really really come into her own during her senior years in Shrewsbury’s Sixth Form, Maywa is excited by the challenges ahead, and to immersing herself in campus life at Cornell. There she will be joined by Team Shrewsbury Elite Athlete, Patorn, who has taken a different path, securing a place on Cornell’s NCAA Division 1 tennis team after impressing scouts during tournaments in China and India last year. Patorn, who has just returned from his first major tournament in Australia, will study Engineering. Both Maywa and Patorn are effusive in their praise towards Shrewsbury’s Associate Director of Higher Education (US), Ms Overton.
“It’s been really reassuring knowing we can talk to her whenever we need, about applications or just a chat. She is so knowledgeable; I am so grateful”, said Maywa.
On the other side of the Atlantic, Shrewsbury continues to create an unparalleled pathway to the University of Cambridge. No fewer than 13 Shrewsbury alumni are currently pursuing their studies at the world’s number 2 ranked university, and now two more Class of 2020 students also have the chance to follow in their footsteps.
Deputy Head Girl, Doaia (Derya) Lokitiyakul has secured an offer to St. Catharine’s College, to read Economics. With a particular interest in the field of Development Economics, Derya has invested a significant amount of energy exploring beyond-curriculum material, and applying her learning to a range of charity projects. In addition to her A levels, Derya was amongst the first cohort to take the newly-introduced Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), where she explored the refugee situation in Northern Thailand. In the future, Derya wants to use her own education to help increase opportunities for people in Thailand’s rural communities.
Equally driven by social justice issues and aiming to forge a career in Human Rights law, Head Girl Tarnfun (Tara) Chittmittrapap, has secured another Cambridge offer to read law at Clare College. Tara, who also has offers to UCL, King’s College London and SOAS, says that her enjoyment of Shrewsbury’s bespoke critical thinking programme, Reading the World, has been particularly beneficial to her university applications, and has helped her to analyse how the concepts and principles explored in her academic studies are born out in real-world contexts.
Completing the picture, is Music Scholar, Karuna Taesopapong, who earns her offer to read law at the University of Oxford’s Corpus Christi College. A grade 8 musician in violin, piano and voice, Karuna naturally performed well at interview, where she also demonstrated the skills she has honed as a member of the Thai National Debate Team. Karuna credits Shrewsbury’s wealth of opportunities as the key to her success, and indeed her happiness throughout her thirteen years at the school.
“I’d always say to younger students, ‘Get out of your bubble’. Test yourself in new activities. Academics is a huge part of life here, but don’t miss out on the other stuff. It gives perspective and will make for your best memories of school”.
Deputy Principal, Mr Rob Millar spoke highly of the six students explaining that this is what students can achieve at Shrewsbury if you have a goal and apply yourself.
“I could not possibly be prouder of what these students have achieved for themselves, their families and Shrewsbury. They all have such different areas of expertise and to have been accepted to the world’s best universities shows the wealth of opportunity that Shrewsbury offers. These exceptional students have shown that if you put the hard work in then it will pay off; and it has done in a big way.”
Mr Millar was also quick to give credit to Shrewsbury’s award-winning Higher Education Team who put in a lot of hard work behind the scenes, and have so far helped Shrewsbury’s Class of 2020 secure over 200 offers from leading universities worldwide.
“The hours they put in to help with applications, interviews and research is huge. They are so dedicated to ensuring students attend a tertiary institution they are happy with, and when you really put the effort in, these six students are a personification of the result.”