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EU issues on the agenda

Thursday, 2 March 2017

EU issues on the agenda thumbnailThe competition winners pictured during their visit to Dublin.

LIMAVADY Grammar School pupil Christopher McKee, who was selected as a Rotary Youth Leadership Competition Zone winner, shares his experience of travelling to Dublin and Stasbourg to debate EU issues in the aftermath of Brexit. In October of 2016, I entered the Rotary Youth Leadership Competition through my school, Limavady Grammar School. This truly brilliant competition aids the development of leadership qualities in young people of ages 16 to 18 and inspires candidates to evolve as individuals for their future career roles.
Two months of a rigorous interview process followed after submitting a nomination form, highlighting personal attributes and achievements.
The first stage involved an interview held within school to finalise a winner from each secondary school in the Limavady area. Following this, the school winners were invited to interview at St Mary's, Limavady, the stage for the Limavady finals. This stage involved a 25 minute interview which consisted of questions regarding the European Union, current affairs within Europe (for example, Brexit) and Rotary International.
The results were released during the Limavady Rotary Club's meeting on October 26 2016 and I was selected to represent the club in the Northern Ireland Zone 2 Finals on November 16.
A total of 119 young people from 22 schools applied within this region and 107 were interviewed. From this, eight regional finalists were selected for the Zone 2 Finals with three winners proceeding to join the remaining Irish winners in a trip to the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

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