Bright future mapped out for Colyton geography star

Globe-trotting Monty Python star Michael Palin presents Blaithnaid with her award

COLYTON Grammar School student Blathnaid McCullagh is going places – and knows how to get there - after winning a top award in the young geographer of the year competition.

She travelled to London to receive her prize from globe-trotting former Monty Python star Michael Plain, president of the Royal Geographical Society.

Blathnaid’s essay “What should every good geographer understand?” was judged best entry in the 16-18 age group category.

In it she considered her connections to the world during a typical school day. The work was praised for its original style and perceptive geographical understanding of the connections between the world’s people, places and environments.

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Blathnaid’s geography teacher, Rex Stidwell, said: “I am delighted with the quality of her essay and her success in this prestigious national competition.”

Picture show (left to right) Blaithnaid McCullagh, her mother Carmel, Michael Palin and Rex Stidwell.

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