Former Launceston girl was top law student ... at 35
A FORMER North Cornwall schoolgirl now working as a local councillor in Buckinghamshire has won an award as most outstanding student after gaining a first-class honours degree in law.
Rachel Knight, 35, who represents the Oakridge and Castlefield ward on Wycombe District Council, in High Wycombe, but is originally from Launceston, received her degree during a graduation ceremony for Buckinghamshire New University.
The dedicated student, who attended Launceston College, was also presented with the Most Outstanding Student award from technology firm, Prolinx.
She said: "Although I had announced firmly to my brothers and sisters, when aged 9, that I would be a lawyer, once my family came along, I considered the study time required to get me there as a bit self-indulgent, when I had mouths to feed.
"It was always a dream though and one I was finally convinced to pursue after a personal tragedy reminded me that we probably get only one life and that I should therefore seize every opportunity before it's too late.
"I am so thrilled to have won the award and have loved studying for my degree from start to finish. My aim is to use my legal training to protect the rights and freedoms of ordinary and vulnerable people. The award also helps my two young sons understand that mummy was not pulling her hair out and juggling endless mounds of paperwork for nothing and that hard work can really pay off."
Rachel kept up her work as a ward councillor while studying and received the award for consistently achieving high grades as well as working as a peer assisted learning mentor, a student representative, and sitting on a number of panels of students on the degree course.
Rachel was supported at her graduation by her mum, Clare Martens, and partner, Rudolph McGaw. She now plans to take the Legal Practice Course (LPC), the final stage to becoming a solicitor.