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.

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.