Student picked for countryside challenges

PUBLISHED: 17:01 13 May 2012

Laura Paterson during the week of challenges

Laura Paterson during the week of challenges

The Kings of Wessex Academy

ONE lucky student had the chance to take part in a leadership scheme after winning special funding to take on countryside challenges.

Laura Paterson, a student at The Kings of Wessex Academy in Station Road, Cheddar, was the student chosen this year by the Mendip Rotary Club to be funded to go on a Rotary Youth Leadership award scheme and take a trip to Dorset for a week.

She joined a group of people aged 15-20 for a week in a countryside lodge, taking on challenges including a beach clean, navigation tests and a building from natural materials.

Laura said: “By working together and being taken out of their comfort zone, the objective was to improve leadership skills, the young peoples’ ability to work as a team and boost the confidence of everyone involved. The objective was achieved several times over.”

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