Audrey Smith who goes to Badgemore Primary School has been awarded a ‘Highly Commended’ award in this year’s Royal Geographical Society, Young Geographer of the Year.
School children were invited to create an A3 poster all about the social, political and environmental geography on one of their favourite places in the world. Audrey said, “Immediately, I had flashbacks to our family holiday in Miami and I knew right then that I would do my research on the Hawaiian Islands. Not only does Hawaii have a very interesting human and physical geography, nothing beats their ‘Aloha’ spirit! Since this was a national competition, I knew that thousands of students would be submitting their work and I hoped that mine would stand out.”
Over 1600 entries were submitted to the society and Audrey was presented with her award at a ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London with her family and Badgemore Head Teacher, Mrs Marion Arnold. Audrey added, “When I was told that my project was ‘Highly Commended’ I was truly speechless. I was so happy to have my parents and Head Teacher, Mrs Arnold, there with me. While I sat in the hall listening to adventurer Alistair Humphreys speak, I was a nervous wreck, but when he presented me with my award I was beaming with pride.”
Marion Arnold said, “Audrey has done incredibly well and it is an amazing achievement as 250 schools entered and she received 1 of only 3 ‘Highly Commended’ awards in 9-11 years category.”
Audrey finished by saying, “I really encourage other children to take part in this competition next year….it was an experience that I will never forget.”