Sophie, from St Helen and St Katharine school in Abingdon, received her award from writer, broadcaster and geographer Nicholas Crane, in a special ceremony at the Society’s headquarters in Kensington, London on 28 November 2014.
For this year’s competition, pupils nationwide were asked ‘How can geography help you?’ and were encouraged to think about how geography, be it through the knowledge learnt, understanding gained, or skills developed, helps across different parts of their life.
In response, Sophie wrote a 1,500-word essay, which compared a district in Oxfordshire to one in Lincolnshire to help her develop her understanding of the two.
Mrs Amber Tate, geography teacher at St Helen’s, said: “’We are so pleased for Sophie – to be chosen from over 700 entries in her category is an outstanding achievement. She is a dedicated geographer who is planning to read the subject at university. Sophie has worked incredibly hard to achieve this level and has a bright future as a geography undergraduate.”