IT was an emotional day for many pupils, but the occasion was particularly poignant as Sheffield’s Sophie Kentzer came to collect her results.
The 16-year-old All Saints Catholic High School student was teary-eyed as she celebrated success just months after losing her beloved younger brother. Sophie overcame her grief to achieve 3 A*s and 7 As.
Michael Kentzer, also a pupil of All Saints, was 14 years old when he passed away at the family home in December last year. Sophie attempted to resuscitate the young air cadet after she found him lifeless in his sleep.
The promising young student was a scout, first aider, and had dreamed of joining the RAF.
The tragedy sent shockwaves around the entire school, with hundreds of All Saints pupils turning out to pay their respects at his funeral.
Michael, described as the ‘perfect son’ by his parents was born with a hole in his heart and monitored regularly but led an active life. His death remains a mystery.
Following his death, Sophie vowed to work extra-hard in her studies to give her family something to smile about after months of heartache.
On top of sweeping As across the board - including an A* in Maths, Business and ICT - she also got an AS Level in ICT after taking the subject a year early.
And yesterday a delighted Sophie dedicated her outstanding results to Michael’s memory.
Sophie, of Gleadless, said: “I can’t believe it, I’m chuffed. I was quite nervous coming to collect my results.
“To be honest I wasn’t really expecting it because it’s been a really stressful year.
“We lost Michael in December and it has been hard dealing with that on top of revising for my exams. He was in the year below me here. When I was studying my parents were helping and telling me to do it for him. I did it for myself too.
“My mum didn’t come in with me to collect my results, she was waiting in the car. I can’t wait to tell her how I’ve done.
“I think my parents will be really proud of me and I think Michael would be too.
“I want to dedicate the results to him. The school have really helped to support me.”
The next step for Sophie will be studying A Levels at All Saints Sixth Form after securing her place. The teenager hopes to go on to a career in medicine.
All Saints Headteacher Bob Sawyer said: “We are very proud of Sophie, as we are of all our pupils.”