A MORPETH student was full of smiles after picking up a prestigious national award.
Angus Kirk won the Lower Secondary category at Amnesty International’s Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year ceremony in London for his piece about child soldiers.
He received his award, which was sponsored by Learnnewsdesk, from the 2010 winner Nicketa DaCosta.
“I heard about the competition from my school’s student voice department and thought it sounded interesting,” said the 13-year-old.
“When I started researching my story, I saw a picture of a really young boy in the army and that really caught my attention, that’s why I wrote about that subject.
“I really did enjoy writing it. It’s been amazing to be able to be here today.
“I’ll definitely carry on writing.”
Actor Tim McInnerny, famed for his role as Captain Darling and Percy in Blackadder and recent appearances in Spooks and Doctor Who, took time out of his busy schedule to record an extract of Angus’ winning article which was played at the ceremony.
The competition attracted nearly 1,000 entries and was split into four categories.
Director of Amnesty International UK Kate Allen said: “Our congratulations go to all the winners.
“It’s been a fantastic competition and we’re proud to be encouraging the next generation of human rights journalists.”