Award for talented and dedicated pupil

Angus Kirk, left, with his award and Michael Short, Lord Glenamara's son.
Angus Kirk, left, with his award and Michael Short, Lord Glenamara's son.

A MORPETH teenager has been rewarded for going the extra mile with a regional accolade.

Among the Lord Glenamara Memorial Prize runners-up was King Edward VI School student Angus Kirk. He received his award during a recent ceremony at the London School of Economics.

He met and spoke to Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, David Blunkett, Baroness Estelle Morris, Lord Beecham and Michael Short, Lord Glenamara’s son.

Students from across the North East were nominated for the prize, which was created to honour young people in the region for their outstanding academic achievements and civic contributions, as well as having an active interest in history, politics or public service.

Angus achieved all A* and A grades in his GCSEs last summer and he has been able to balance his studies with a range of other activities.

He has been a member of Northumberland Youth Parliament and is involved with the YPiN (Young People in Northumberland) group to help ensure that children and teenagers in the county are given a voice. This has involved meeting with councillors.

The Year 12 Student Voice Ambassador has a passion for writing and journalism and is Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning Student Review – a pupil-led news publication put together at KEVI where every young person in high schools across Northumberland can make a contribution.

In 2013, he was shortlisted in the national final of the Teen Tech Awards in the journalism category. The final took place at The Royal Society in London and he played a key role in filming and recording the event, interviewing many celebrities including Professor Brian Cox and passing on his skills to other young people from across the UK.

Angus said: “I was over the moon to be a runner-up for the Lord Glenamara Memorial Prize, because all of the other winners have achieved so much.

“It was great to meet other like-minded young people as well as famous politicians and educators and get a tour of the London School of Economics.”

The Morpeth resident contributes an abundance of his time in the community. For example, he has volunteered at the town’s Oxfam shop, helped out at the Morpeth Gathering and sold refreshments in aid of the Mayor’s charity, Henry Dancer Days, which supports children suffering with osteosarcoma.

In 2012, he received a civic honour – Young Townsperson of the Year – from Morpeth Town Council at a ceremony to reward people for their work in the community.

Nominating teacher, Victoria Najafi, said: “Angus has boundless energy, enthusiasm and drive and has a real skill not only for academic excellence, but also for leadership.

“He has made a bountiful contribution to his school and local community.”