Havering Sixth Form College student Fey Popoola, 18, will be going to Princeton University in New Jersey to study Liberal Arts.
But before this, Fey’s off to France for a gap year where she will teach English in Paris to become fluent in the language.
Fey is sitting A Levels this summer in English Literature, French and Maths.
Fey’s latest achievement follows her success in reaching the national finals of the Poetry by Heart competition where contestants had to recite both classic and modern poetry from memory.
Fey said: “I am really excited about the next few years. I want to go to university in the USA because it is really flexible there in terms of what you get to study – for instance, I wouldn’t have to give up Maths or Art to get a combined English and French degree. I also like the culture and want to experience a different way of life.”
She added: “I’m not sure what I will end up doing in the future but I have a passion for writing, so it will probably be something that involves words.”
Tutor Kathleen McBride, who helped Fey in the poetry contest, added: “I am extremely proud of Fey’s achievements. She represented the college in the most impressive way, conducting herself with a level of maturity beyond her years.
“The majority of finalists in the competition were from private schools and Fey’s achievement throughout the competition reinforces the academic opportunities that state education offers.”