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Eric wins trophy dedicated to much-loved teacher and historian Rob Tickner

Eric wins trophy dedicated to much-loved teacher and historian Rob Tickner

A boarding pupil received a special award named in the memory of a much-loved former teacher and historian at Rydal Penrhos.

Eric Zhao, an Upper Sixth Form pupil at the school, took home the Tickner Trophy for Contribution to the International Dimension and Boarding Life of the School at Rydal Penrhos’ annual Speech Day event on Saturday, May 26.

The trophy is in honour of Rob Tickner, who gave 32 years of his life to the school before sadly passing away in 2015 aged 62.

The 17-year-old has contributed tremendously to the Rydal Penrhos community since arriving as a Lower Sixth Form pupil in 2016, helping his fellow international pupils in addition to passionately supporting the many House competitions put on throughout the academic year.

Eric will be sorely missed when he departs for University this summer, and he plans to study Economics at either the University of Bristol or at British Columbia in Canada.

Deputy Head Tim Cashell, said: “It is well documented just how revered Rob Tickner was by everyone that knew him here at Rydal Penrhos, and he would have been delighted to see Eric picking an award named in his honour.

“Eric has been a significant part of senior school and boarding life during his time with us, and we wish him the very best of luck with his upcoming examinations as he moves on to the next stage of his journey later this year.”

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