Calum heads for corridors of power

KEVI student Calum Thomson receives a cheque for �300 to help pay for his trip to the Global Young Leaders Conference in the USA from Morpeth Mayor Mark Horton.
KEVI student Calum Thomson receives a cheque for �300 to help pay for his trip to the Global Young Leaders Conference in the USA from Morpeth Mayor Mark Horton.

A MORPETH teenager will rub shoulders with politically-active young people from across the world at a major international event.

King Edward VI School Student Voice Ambassador Calum Thomson will attend the Global Young Leaders Conference in Washington DC and New York City in the next fortnight after his nomination by Student Voice, Leadership and Enrichment Co-ordinator Victoria Najafi was accepted by an organising panel.

He will have the opportunity to interact with top students from more than 100 countries about how decisions were made in the past, international relations issues and what the key policies will be in future years.

The Year 12 student is looking forward to expanding his cultural awareness and developing leadership skills, and he may also receive college credit through George Mason University.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me and I’m very excited because the trip is based on a lot of things I’m interested in,” he said.

“After being nominated, I was asked to submit some information about what I had done both in and out of school and explain why I wanted to attend the conference.

“I’m looking forward to discussing global issues with other students.

“I will give the British view of things and in some cases a regional perspective. Throughout the conference I will be wearing my Northumberland tie with pride.

“It will be interesting to see and read some of the US presidential election coverage and hopefully I will get to see the main New York sights such as Times Square, the Statue of Liberty and the UN headquarters.”

The Hebron resident has been involved in running a number of school events, some for younger KEVI and middle school students and others for the whole Morpeth community, and also has a keen interest in political issues both at a local and national level.

Morpeth Town Council and Morpeth Lions Club have jointly donated £300 towards the cost of his trip.

Lions President Dave Wheeler said: “We were very impressed that Calum was selected for this prestigious event and we’re sure he will represent Morpeth well.

“We wish him an enjoyable and successful conference and Morpeth Lions Club is pleased to provide some support.”

Morpeth Mayor Mark Horton added: “The council was pleased to support Calum, who will be an excellent representative for Morpeth at this event.

“We are looking forward to hearing his report of his experiences at the conference.”