Knebworth cadet wins South Africa trip

A TEENAGE air cadet from Knebworth will be spending three weeks in South Africa after gaining a place in the final of a prestigious national competition.

Henry Wisdom, of Oakfields Road, has made a shortlist of nine finalists who will be competing for the 2010 Duke of Westminster Award.

The 17-year-old, whose goal is to become an RAF pilot, will jet off to South Africa in July.

Henry, who recently completed a BTEC First Diploma in Public Services, has been a member of the Air Traning Corps (ATC) for three years.

The teenager will also soon be completing his First Diploma in Music.

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Henry, who attends John Henry Newman School in Stevenage, said: “All of the BTECs are very interesting.

“If you don’t have an interest in the subject beforehand you certainly will after.

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“I even took the work on holiday to Spain to finish as quickly as I could! My school was very impressed with my BTECs.

“Boosting my qualifications with the equivalent of eight GCSEs is no mean feat.

“It’s certainly eight more on anyone else I know!”

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