Ian Cheung of Year 13 has just received the prestigious Royal Geographical Society’s Young Geographer of the Year Award, which in effect makes him the best geographer in the country in the Under 18 age group. He joins Miss Leanne Milner, who joined the LGS Geography Department this year, and who won the RGS Rex Walford Young Teacher Award in 2012.
Ian had to produce an essay under the general title: “How does either the human or physical geography of your local area compare to the rest of the UK?” He chose to write about obesity, having studied the Geography of Health for AS last year. He compared obesity in Loughborough with the region and country as a whole, producing a novel and challenging study which clearly impressed the judges. In total there were over 1000 entries and it is a remarkable achievement to come first. Ian’s winning essay can be seen on the RGS Website.
Accompanied by his parents and Mr Joseph Mellows from the LGS Geography Department, Ian received his award at a ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society’s London Headquarters on 29th November. As well as receiving a certificate and a splendid trophy, he acquired a variety of prizes from the sponsors, including a superb, specially bound Philips World Atlas, some £200 of vouchers from Stanford’s map and booksellers and Cotswolds outdoor clothing and a personalised 1:25000 OS map centred on his home.
This is a truly remarkable achievement and he has our sincere congratulations. Ian now hopes to secure a place at the University of Cambridge to study Geography: we wish him every success.