Boston Spa student shortlisted for youth award

Boston Spa School student Katy Poulter. (S)

Boston Spa School student Katy Poulter. (S)

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A Boston Spa School student has been shortlisted for an Amnesty International Youth Award.

Katy Poulter, 14, is up for the ‘upper secondary reporter’ category award in the prestigious national competition which encourages young people to express their views on human rights.

Katy’s dedication to help others and to fight for what she believes in is something that every teacher aims to inspire in their pupils.

Learning leader of RE and citizenship at Boston Spa School Polly Meadows

Her article, entitled ‘The Blame Game’, will now be judged by a panel of judges, including broadcaster Sir Trevor McDonald OBE, a previous winner, and an Amnesty Teacher.

Katy said: “I feel honoured to be shortlisted because I know that there are a lot of good writers in my age group.

“When looking for a story to write I found lots of comments about this subject on social media and thought that it was unfair. The more I read, the more passionate I became about the subject.”

Her parents, Tracy and Andy, added: “We are so pleased that Katy has been shortlisted for this award.

“It is a fantastic achievement for her and even better to know that so many young people are taking an active interest in human rights issues.”

This year, more than 1300 young people entered Amnesty’s Youth Awards. The Awards attracted entries from all four corners of the UK with only the top ten from each category making the shortlist.

Learning leader of RE and citizenship at Boston Spa School Polly Meadows said: “I am immensely proud to have one of my students shortlisted for the Amnesty Youth Group Awards.

“When I read Katy’s article I was overwhelmed by her passion to change the world she lives in. Katy’s dedication to help others and to fight for what she believes in is something that every teacher aims to inspire in their pupils.”

The top three in each category will be unveiled in April and will then be invited to an awards ceremony at Amnesty International UK’s headquarters on April 29, where the winner will be announced.