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St Mary's Pupil Honoured In National Geography Competition


Ben Shenton Royal Geographical Society at London event

A pupil at St. Mary’s College in Crosby has been honoured as one of the country’s top young geography students.

The work of 13-year-old Ben Shenton was ‘highly commended’ by the judges of the national Young Geographer of the Year competition, run by the Royal Geographical Society and Geographical Magazine.

This annual competition, launched in 2000, aims to ‘inspire and encourage the next generation of geographers, travellers and explorers’.

Ben, who lives in Southport, was presented with his age 12-14 category award at a ceremony at the society’s headquarters in central London recently.

This year’s competition drew its inspiration from the society’s Walk The World project, part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.  
This initiative encouraged people to explore their local connections to the 200-plus nations participating in the Olympic and Paralympic events.

The competition question invited students to look at the way geography surrounds us all, and to better understand the connections between the  world’s people, places and environments and the interactions taking place between them.

The Royal Geographical Society’s Schools Programme Manager, Iain Mitchell, commented: “We were very impressed by the way Ben took a fresh approach to showcasing the connections between Olympic nations and Liverpool.

“His colour-coded diagram highlighted different cultural, economic and social links and demonstrated the interconnectedness between the city and all the major continents in the world.”

The society’s Head of Education, Steve Brace, added: “The society congratulates Ben Shenton on his award.  We were delighted with the quality of entries this year, and were particularly impressed to see young geographers like Ben providing such insightful answers.”

St. Mary’s Head of Geography, Henry Piotr, said: “This prestigious competition is keenly contested by schools all over the country so it’s a major achievement for Ben to be honoured in this way.”

Ben commented: “I was encouraged to enter the competition by my geography teacher, Mr Piotr, and it was very interesting to explore the links between Liverpool and the Olympic nations. It was a lovely surprise to be highly commended and to be invited to the Royal Geographical Society in London. It was all really exciting.”  

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