Teenager puts Seaton on the map

PUBLISHED: 15:36 10 December 2014

Victoria (left) pictured outside the Royal Albert Hall with the other entrants in her age category, alongside writer, broadcaster and geographer Nicholas Crane, who presented the awards.

Victoria (left) pictured outside the Royal Albert Hall with the other entrants in her age category, alongside writer, broadcaster and geographer Nicholas Crane, who presented the awards.

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Victoria Synek-Herd is named the country’s young geographer of the year

A talented Seaton teenager is mapping out a bright future – after being named the country’s young geographer of the year.

Fifteen-year-old Colyton Grammar School student Victoria Synek-Herd finished ahead of some 700 other youngsters to take the title.

She was taking part in the 14-16 age section of the prestigious competition run by the Royal Geographical Society.

Contestants were posed the question: ‘How can geography help me?’

Students were asked to present their responses in the form of an A3 poster.

Victoria, who entered the competition as a homework assignment, focused her answer on how geography could help her with understanding current affairs, poverty and both physical and human elements of her local environment.

Recently she went to the Royal Geographical Society Headquarters in Kensington to collect her award. The competition will be featured in the January edition of the ‘Geographical’ magazine.

Commenting on the win, Victoria said: “‘I’m thrilled to have won because I really didn’t expect to and I was so excited to go up to London.”

Steve Brace, head of education at the Royal Geographical Society said: “The Society congratulates Victoria on her deserved award. We were delighted with the quality of entries this year, and were particularly impressed to see our young geographers demonstrating the relevance of geography to many aspects of their lives, be it at the local or global scale.”


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