A WIGAN and Leigh College student has her eyes firmly set on stardom after gaining a place at a prestigious performing arts school.
Samantha Leslie, 18, has been accepted into the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) after a successful audition and application.
In doing so, the talented singer will become only the second ever student from Wigan and Leigh College to be accepted there.
It was a proud moment for the Ashton teen who says she can;t wait to get started.
“I’m delighted to be accepted,” she said.
“I took the foundation singing course at college which has really help me develop. Everyone at Wigan and Leigh has been great.
“I applied for LIPA and had to go for an audition and got a lot of positive feedback from them.
“I was absolutely over the moon when I heard I had been accepted, it’s a wonderful opportunity as it’s a great place to help me progress in my singing.
“Obviously the aim is to one day become a famous singer but I’d love to sing on cruise ships after finishing at LIPA.”
Samantha, who is also a student of Wigan singer Lauren Waterworth, will start at LIPA in September.
During her audition she was asked to sing two musical songs and one popular song.
She said: “I went for I Dreamed A Dram and a song from Wicked for my two musical choices as well as First time Ever I Saw Your Face.
“I went in with a lot of confidence but I was quite nervous, too.
“I was jumping everywhere when I was told I got through, all my family and friends are really proud of me.”
Samantha, a former St Edmund Arrowsmith pupil, is also appealing for help with her costs in the form of business sponsors.
She added: “It would be a great help to me if any local businesses would get behind me with sponsorship.
“The fees are quite high so it would really help me out and push me on further.”
Proud dad Phil said: “The whole family is absolutely delighted.
“We’re do proud of her, she has worked so hard and really deserves it.”