Talented musician wins a place at medical school

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A TALENTED St Helens student has told of his delight after winning a place at medical school.

Kevin Pinto, who is also a talented musician, scored A*s in mathematics, chemistry and biology, to earn a place at Cardiff University studying medicine.

Hailing from Eccleston, the 18-year-old’s exam success fulfils the promise he has shown throughout his school career.

Always a gifted science scholar, Kevin won eight A*s and two As at GCSE, scoring a 100 per cent mark in physics, 99 per cent in chemistry and a 98 per cent in biology.

For good measure, he then went on to complete his GCSE maths a year early.

Matching his scientific aptitude, Kevin, a pupil at Merchant Taylors’ School, Crosby, is also a talented musician, with a grade eight distinction in both piano and singing and has a grade eight in violin.

He is a member of the Liverpool Youth Orchestra and credits the Village Music School in Rainhil and tutor Keith Price for nurturing his enthusiasm for music.

Kevin and sister Karen, who is also at medical school, won first place in the senior instrumental duet category at De La Salle school.

An active member of his school’s debating society, he is also in the RAF section of the CCF. He is also a keen sportsman, enjoying football, tennis, badminton, rowing and swimming.

The former St Julie’s Primary pupil, who came to St Helens when he was four, says he dreams of becoming a doctor to allow him to give something back to the town he loves.

He has volunteered to work in hospitals in Merseyside and at Willowbrook Hospice and Parkside Care Home.

His mum, Dr Maria Pinto, said: “He feels our own St Helens and Whiston hospitals are really outstanding and has thoroughly enjoyed his experiences in both.

“He has found it a very uplifting opportunity to shadow doctors and experience the work they are doing and he hopes to be a surgeon one day.

“He says that it is his dream to return to St Helens once he qualifies as a doctor because he wants to give something back to the community that has given him so much.”