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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 August, 2004, 14:22 GMT 15:22 UK
Girl band on song with GCSE grades
Casey Jay Wilcox-Simmons, Niki Fitzgerald, Vicci Lewis and Tara Panayi, of Cardiff girl band Dragonheart
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Among the thousands of students who received their GCSE results in Wales were four girls in a pop band in Cardiff.

The teenagers, who formed Dragonheart in 2001, have combined their studies with rehearsals and recording scenes for a music video.

Their grades reflect the range of those achieved by teenagers across Wales.

The four are to release their latest single, Video Killed The Radio Star, next. month.

Tara Panayi, 16, a pupil at Charlotte Church's former school, Howell's School in Cardiff, followed in the footsteps of the singer's academic success with four A*s, three As and two Bs.

She said: "I am just really pleased and relieved and my mum has been crying.

"I didn't think I was going to do as well and I was having nightmares that I was going to fail."

Pupil celebrating exam results
A pupil at Lewis Girls School in Ystrad Mynach is delighted

She added: "I see Charlotte quite a lot and she did really well at her GCSEs but she was really busy when she was 16, a lot busier than us.

"I'm going back to do my A levels at Howell's. I'm going to do French, Maths, Chemistry and Drama."

Niki Fitzgerald, also 16, a pupil at the city's Corpus Christi RC High School, received three A*s, three As, two Bs and one C and plans to take A levels in Welsh, Media, History and Geography.

Vicci Lewis, also 16, who studied at Mary Immaculate High School, passed all her exams including a B in Music and C in PE and is due to start a BTEC course at Barry College.

Chinese passes

Casey Jay Wilcox-Simmons, 17, from Cwmbran, got a C grade re-sit in English at Coleg Gwent, Pontypool.

She said: "I would like to be a dance or vocal teacher and I want to do a dance or music course, I got a B in Music last year.

"I'm really looking forward now to a girlie night with the band to celebrate our results."

Elsewhere, Eleri Phillips, at Ysgol Morgan Llwyd in Wrexham said: "I got 11 A*s, so I'm very pleased with that - I didn't expect to get all those."

Laura Anstis, a pupil at Lewis Girls School in Ystrad Mynach, said: "I've been worrying for months, but I've got them and I'm very pleased."

Two pupils at Eirias High School in Colwyn Bay gained GCSEs in Chinese.




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