Rosie McKeown, a former student of Richmond upon Thames College, was one of the champions from St John’s College, Cambridge, on this weeks’ University Challenge 2018 final aired on BBC2 23 April. Rosie, who lives in Kingston upon Thames, studied A Levels at Richmond upon Thames College in Twickenham before studying at St Johns College, Cambridge where she reads French and German. She has been widely praised for an outstanding performance throughout the competition.
Whilst at Richmond upon Thames College, Rosie achieved an A grade in English Literature A Level and an A*s in both Spanish and French A Level. She was also the winner of the College’s Creative Writing 2016 competition for her poem, ‘On a Fallen Soldier’ and won a prestigious student award for languages at the college’s annual awards ceremony in 2016.
Rosie attracted much of the attention on the show and was hailed as the star performer throughout the competition where the St John’s College, Cambridge team beat Merton College, Oxford by 145-100.
Rosie said, “I’ve been watching University Challenge religiously since I was 11 and it was always my goal to get on a team when I got to university – although I wasn’t expecting it to be in my first year.”