A TEENAGER from Workington has gained a very special position within a prestigious organisation.

Lucy Wilson, who is a Year 13 pupil at Workington Academy, has been appointed to the UK-German Youth Council, after an exceptional application.

The Sixth Former will be involved in co-designing UK-German youth activities which support the UK-German Connection’s strategic plan to increase the number of opportunities available to young people.

When asked about her appointment to the UK-German Youth Council, Lucy said: “I am extremely pleased that the hard work I put into my application has resulted in me being selected as a member of such a prestigious council. My membership will give me the opportunity to assist in the planning and operation of initiatives which will help young people to engage in languages.

"This area of study, while having brought me much personal enjoyment, is unfortunately both understudied and widely dismissed as useless.”

Lucy has big plans for her future with dreams to one day go into diplomacy

She said: “I plan to study German and International Relations at St Andrews, with a year abroad in Germany. After attaining my degree, I would look to enter the diplomatic service, preferably through a government fast-track program, but will be open go to wherever my degree, incorporating languages, takes me.”

As well as this fantastic appointment, Lucy is currently excelling in her studies within the academy.

She gained a grade 9 at GCSE level and a grade A in her AS German exam this summer. She will be sitting A-levels in German, history, maths and further maths in 2022.

Headteacher at the academy, Des Bird, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Lucy, and all of us at Workington Academy are so proud of her.

"Lucy is a fantastic role model to younger students, and always goes the extra mile in terms of her studies in all subjects.

"All of her teachers at the academy speak highly of Lucy’s attitude, determination and intellect.

"I am certain she will go on to accomplish great things in her chosen field, and I am pleased to see she is setting her sights high in applying to one of the top Universities in the country. She is one amazing young lady.”