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Belfast pupil's dream comes true with run of perfect 10 in GCSEs

Victoria College students receive their GCSE results.
High achiever Sarah Hand who gained 10A*'s
Photo by Matt Mackey / Press Eye.
Victoria College students receive their GCSE results. High achiever Sarah Hand who gained 10A*'s Photo by Matt Mackey / Press Eye.
Sarah Hand who achieved 10 A*s celebrates with her mother Maria and dog Kenny after receiving her GCSE results at Victoria College
Pupils of Victoria College in Belfast (from left) Eimear McGarvey, Nicole Savage and Niamh Neale after receiving their GCSE results
Pupils of Victoria College in Belfast (from left) Rebekah Ferguson, Rebecca Bunn and Saffron Kargbo celebrate GCSE results
Pupils of Belfast's Victoria College Georgia Heatherley (left) who received seven A*s and three A's and Darcey Smith, who received eight A*s and three As

A Belfast girl's perfect 10 clean sweep of A stars was literally a dream come true.

Sarah Hand dreamt that she would notch top marks in 10 GCSEs ahead of waking up to that reality on Thursday morning.

The 16-year-old Victoria College student has a long-term ambition to be a reconstructive plastic surgeon.

"I was surprised by a few but not surprised by others," she said.

"I was surprised by English Literature and French. I was really nervous about those results, but the others I was confident about.

"It's weird, before results you get results dreams where you dream what it's going to be like and there are different results in each dream.

"And I had one like that (10 A*s) and it was today, so it was really surreal.

"So it is literally a dream come."

Sarah brought the family dog Kenny down to school on Thursday as she and classmates celebrated their achievements.

"He's my good luck charm," she said.

Students from Dominican College Fortwilliam as they receive GCSE results on August 24th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Students from Dominican College Fortwilliam as they receive GCSE results on August 24th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Cliona Thompson and Cathrine Jackson with their parents from Dominican College Fortwilliam as they receive GCSE results on August 24th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Niamh Magee ,Molly Deazley and Cathrine Dempsey from Dominican College Fortwilliam as she receives GCSE results on August 24th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Cathrine Jackson and Cliona Thompson from Dominican College Fortwilliam as they receive GCSE results on August 24th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
William Johnston From Hazel Wood Integrated as he receives GCSE results on August 24th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Students From Hazel Wood Integrated as he receives GCSE results on August 24th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Cody Armstrong From Hazel Wood Integrated as he receives GCSE results on August 24th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Cathrine Jackson and Cliona Thompson from Dominican College Fortwilliam as they receive GCSE results on August 24th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Students from Dominican College Fortwilliam as they receive GCSE results on August 24th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Michael Cleland , Nkosinathi Khumalo and James Kavanagh From Royal Belfast Academical Institution as he receives GCSE results on August 24th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Michael Cleland , Nkosinathi Khumalo and James Kavanagh From Royal Belfast Academical Institution as he receives GCSE results on August 24th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Pacemaker Press 24/8/2017 Top achievers as Pupils at Victoria College in Belfast receive their GCSE results on Thursday. Around 30,000 pupils received their grades , as Northern Ireland students make steady improvements in GCSEs, with small rises across the grades in examinations in 2017. One in ten entries were awarded the top A* grade, with almost 80 percent achieving A* - C grades. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 24/8/2017 Top achievers as Pupils at Victoria College in Belfast receive their GCSE results on Thursday. Around 30,000 pupils received their grades , as Northern Ireland students make steady improvements in GCSEs, with small rises across the grades in examinations in 2017. One in ten entries were awarded the top A* grade, with almost 80 percent achieving A* - C grades. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © Sunday 24 August 2017 Ballyclare High School GCSE Results Day. Hannah Masson 3A* 6A B, Chloe Den Haese 3A 6B and Leah McGilton 6A* 5A.
Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © Sunday 24 August 2017 Ballyclare High School GCSE Results Day. Mathew Christie 3A* 5A B with his Classroom Assistant Helen McCluggage.
Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © Sunday 24 August 2017 Ballyclare High School GCSE Results Day. Taylor beggs A* 4A 4B C, Amy Davidson 2A* A 3B 4C, Leah Young 2A* 3A 4B C and Karla Stevenson 3A* 2A 3B 2C.
Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © Sunday 24 August 2017 Ballyclare High School GCSE Results Day. Rachel Stewart 3A* 5A 2B and Hannah Scott 1A* 4A 4B.
Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © Sunday 24 August 2017 Ballyclare High School GCSE Results Day. Gwynneth Cockcroft and her daughter Saffy who got 4A* 6A.
Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © Sunday 24 August 2017 Ballyclare High School GCSE Results Day. Andrew Farquhar 8A* 3A, Callum Blair 9A* A and Adam Clarke 9A* A.
Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © Sunday 24 August 2017 Ballyclare High School GCSE Results Day. Principal Dr Michelle Rainey with the McCullough twins Mathew 6A 4B and Rebecca 3A* 6A B.
Assumption Grammar school pupils, Leah Taggart, left, 5 A stars, 4 A's and B, Lucy Aires 7 A stars and 3 A's with principal Peter Dobbin. Pic by Peter Morrison
Pacemaker Press 24/8/2017 Top achiever Sarah Hand with mum Maria and Dog Kenny who got 10 A* grades as Pupils at Victoria College in Belfast receive their GCSE results on Thursday. Around 30,000 pupils received their grades , as Northern Ireland students make steady improvements in GCSEs, with small rises across the grades in examinations in 2017. One in ten entries were awarded the top A* grade, with almost 80 percent achieving A* - C grades.
Pacemaker Press 24/8/2017 Top achievers including receiving A* and A grades Sarah Hand, Harriet Bedi, Lucy Clarke , Olivia Fee, Nina Fitzpatrick, Hannah Rose Glover , Georgia Heatherley, Kaur Manpreet, Katie Kerr, Kirsten Mathews, Rachel McCormack, Amy McKillen , Georgia Ross , Lauren Sleith and Darcy Smith as Pupils at Victoria College in Belfast receive their GCSE results on Thursday. Around 30,000 pupils received their grades , as Northern Ireland students make steady improvements in GCSEs, with small rises across the grades in examinations in 2017. One in ten entries were awarded the top A* grade, with almost 80 percent achieving A* - C grades.
Pacemaker Press 24/8/2017 Top achievers including receiving A* and A grades Sarah Hand, Harriet Bedi, Lucy Clarke , Olivia Fee, Nina Fitzpatrick, Hannah Rose Glover , Georgia Heatherley, Kaur Manpreet, Katie Kerr, Kirsten Mathews, Rachel McCormack, Amy McKillen , Georgia Ross , Lauren Sleith and Darcy Smith as Pupils at Victoria College in Belfast receive their GCSE results on Thursday. Around 30,000 pupils received their grades , as Northern Ireland students make steady improvements in GCSEs, with small rises across the grades in examinations in 2017. One in ten entries were awarded the top A* grade, with almost 80 percent achieving A* - C grades.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 24-08-2017: GCSE results for pupils in Northern Ireland have improved again, with one in 10 entries being awarded an A*. Pupils from Grosvenor Grammar School in Belfast, Northern Ireland pictured after receiving their GCSE results. Picture By: Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 24-08-2017: GCSE results for pupils in Northern Ireland have improved again, with one in 10 entries being awarded an A*. Pupils from Grosvenor Grammar School in Belfast, Northern Ireland pictured after receiving their GCSE results. Picture By: Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 24-08-2017: GCSE results for pupils in Northern Ireland have improved again, with one in 10 entries being awarded an A*. Hannah James and Victoria Gillespie pupils from Grosvenor Grammar School in Belfast, Northern Ireland pictured after receiving their GCSE results. Picture By: Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 24-08-2017: GCSE results for pupils in Northern Ireland have improved again, with one in 10 entries being awarded an A*. Pupils from Grosvenor Grammar School in Belfast, Northern Ireland pictured after receiving their GCSE results. Picture By: Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 24-08-2017: GCSE results for pupils in Northern Ireland have improved again, with one in 10 entries being awarded an A*. Pupils from Grosvenor Grammar School in Belfast, Northern Ireland pictured after receiving their GCSE results. Picture By: Pacemaker.
Students from Ashfield Girls School get their GCSE results. Pupils in Northern Ireland have outperformed those in the rest of the UK in terms of A*-C grades at GCSE. About 30,000 local students received their 2016 exam results on Thursday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Education Minister Peter Weir welcomes GCSE examination results with Methodist College, pupils Lauren Bell, Zoe Hagan and Caitriona Marsh. Picture: Michael Cooper
Pupils from Royal Belfast Academical Institution in belfast pictured with Principal Janet Williamson after they received their 2016 exam results. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Pupils from Royal Belfast Academical Institution in belfast pictured with Principal Janet Williamson after they received their 2016 exam results. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Pupils (L-R) Donal Shearer,Aneurin Duffy-Murray and Ben Connolly from Royal Belfast Academical Institution in Belfast pictured after receiving 11A Stars in their GCSE exam results. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Pupils from Royal Belfast Academical Institution in belfast pictured with Principal Janet Williamson after they received their 2016 exam results. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Pupils from Royal Belfast Academical Institution in belfast pictured with Principal Janet Williamson after they received their 2016 exam results. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Education Minister, Peter Weir, pictured at a visit to Methodist College, Belfast with pupils (left-right) Caitriona Marsh, Lauren Bell and Zoe Hagan. Picture: Michael Cooper
Education Minister, Peter Weir, pictured at a visit to Our Lady's and St Patrick's College with pupils, Eimear Rogers (left) and Clare Dempsey and Joseph McKervey. Picture: Michael Cooper
Education Minister, Peter Weir, pictured at a visit to Our Lady's and St Patrick's College with Clare Dempsey and John Toner who each received 10 A Stars in their GCSE results. Picture: Michael Cooper
Education Minister, Peter Weir, pictured at a visit to Our Lady's and St Patrick's College with pupils, Eimear Rogers (left) and Clare Dempsey. Picture: Michael Cooper

The teenager hopes to do maths and the three sciences at A-level, potentially taking additional maths as well.

"I would really like to study medicine at either Edinburgh University or perhaps Cambridge," she said.

"I want to be a plastic surgeon - a reconstructive surgeon working with burns victims.

"So these results help as part of that plan."

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