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National award for Truro student

Valeria Duca and her work

A Truro student has won a prestigious award from her home country, in recognition of her artistic talents, which are being developed as she studies in Cornwall.

Valeria Duca, a 17 year old student from Moldova, won a scholarship for a year’s study at Truro School which started this September due to her outstanding abilities.

She received a ‘Youth Award’ from the Ministry of Youth and Sports – one of the sixteen ministries of the Government of Moldova.

The Award for Youth is given every year by the Ministry of Youth and Sports for the most talented young people in the country.

Every year contestants are required to apply with their CV and a description of all the important activities done in the past two years.

Delighted to have won the ‘Literature and Art’ category, Valeria was helped by Truro School to record an acceptance speech, which was aired at the awards ceremony held at The Organ Hall in Moldova on Tuesday November 13 and attended by the Prime Minister – Vlad Filat.

Valeria, who boards at Truro School and is in the sixth form said:
“I was chosen because of my broad CV and because I helped in promoting the image of my country at different events and exhibitions abroad. Truro School offers me a great opportunity to develop my skills in art, and I really hope I will be able to finish my A Levels here. This will assure me of a good basis for applying to the Royal College of Art.”

Valeria continued, “I am so pleased to receive this recognition as I think everyone has to follow their dreams. Mine is to become an artist and I believe that the experience of living in Cornwall and attending Truro School will assure me conditions for further development and many opportunities. For an artist new experiences are very important and I think Cornwall will have a big impact on my work as the landscapes here are amazing. And the sea, I love to paint the sea.”

Headmaster of Truro School, Paul Smith said:
“We provide scholarships to acknowledge excellence and provide role models for others. We choose Valeria because she is an outstanding artist and student in all respects. She has made the most of her talents and opportunities, excelling as an artist and academic and this latest award is testament to that. We are very proud of Valeria who is an excellent role model for our students and other young people”.

Valeria explains how she won her scholarship to Truro School:
“I participated at a contest in my country, Moldova, where the winners were offered scholarships to private schools in Great Britain. About 180 people applied for the scholarship with only 7 selected. The private schools then had to choose pupils according to their hobbies and activities and fortunately Truro School chose me.”

Valeria has held 12 personal exhibitions throughout Europe and participated in over 30 group exhibitions in Italy, UK, Russia, Romania, Ukraine, SUA and Moldova). Her work has been included in international catalogues including ‘The Russian Art. 2010’ and ‘The Russian Art.2011’, (official catalogues of Venice Biennale).

She was invited to participate at Venice Biennale when she was just 15, one of the most important exhibitions in the world with a history of 117 years. Here she represented her country and was the youngest participant to ever partake in the event.

Valeria also has works in public collections such as The National Museum of Archaeology and History of Moldova; and private collections in Lithuania, Republic of Moldova, Romania, United States of America, Italy, Russia, Great Britain, Saudi Arabia and Germany.

She is now planning an exhibition in March to fund a second year at Truro School.

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