On Friday 28th November, Robert Saunt of Year 10 attended a prestigious ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in South Kensington, where he to collected a Highly Commended Award in the RGS Young Geographer of the Year competition. This means that Robert was runner-up in the GCSE section which, as always, attracted several thousand entries: he aims to go one better next year when he is in Year 11.
The awards were presented by Nicholas Crane, exploration geographer and first man to visit the ‘geographical pole of inaccessibility’, a remote corner of the Gobi Desert, also known as the ‘Third Pole’. Nicholas Crane is most well-known for his work for BBC 2’s ‘Coast’, for which he is currently filming the 10th Series, and ‘Map Men’ programmes.
Robert produced an interactive e-poster entitled: ‘How does Geography help you?’. The judges commented on how innovative his entry was, setting it apart from the other thousands of entries. Robert’s success follows that of Ian Cheung, now studying Geography at Trinity College, Cambridge, who was the overall winner of the A Level category last year.