Mal­laig win­ner vis­its Euro­pean Par­lia­ment

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LOCHABER Ro­tary Club’s es­say com­pe­ti­tion win­ner Jas­mine Humphrey has vis­ited the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment as part of her prize.

The Mal­laig High School pupil was one of 24 Scot­tish stu­dents to ben­e­fit from a Ro­tary-funded trip to Stras­bourg ear­lier this year, af­ter im­press­ing the club with her ac­count of the is­sues in­volved in main­tain­ing and sup­port­ing pe­riph­eral lan­guages in­clud­ing Cata­lan and Gaelic.

Jas­mine was this month’s speaker at the club’s lunch, giv­ing a ‘highly in­for­ma­tive, en­ter­tain­ing and at times emo­tional pre­sen­ta­tion’.

To go on the trip can­di­dates must have gained Higher French or an­other lan­guage at ad­vanced level and they are en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate and com­mu­ni­cate in their sec­ond lan­guage dur­ing the event.

The pupils en­joyed ex­plor­ing Stras­bourg learn­ing about its his­tory, ar­chi­tec­ture and lan­guage.

They car­ried out a street sur­vey ask­ing lo­cals what they thought about Scot­land’s po­si­tion in Europe, par­tic­i­pated in a fun quiz in dif­fer­ent lan­guages and met pupils from the other na­tions.

Jas­mine said she was par­tic­u­larly in­trigued by the fact vis­it­ing Ger­many in­volved sim­ply walk­ing over a bridge.

On the sec­ond day they were greeted by Scot­tish MEP Cather­ine Stih­ler and sat in on a ses­sion of the Euro Par­lia­ment.

The pupils fol­lowed the de- bates with trans­la­tions through head­phones.

Jas­mine ex­pressed her thanks to the Ro­tary club and said the ex­pe­ri­ence taught her the true mean­ing of sol­i­dar­ity.

She said: ‘It was an ab­so­lutely amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity to see at first hand the work of the Euro­pean par­lia­ment. We made many friends and it made us think of Europe as a whole – all work­ing to­gether – good com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween us is re­ally vi­tal.’

Jas­mine fin­ished her talk with a quote from for­mer Euro­pean Com­mis­sioner Maria Da­manaki: ‘If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go to­gether.’

On be­half of the club, past pres­i­dent Ge­orge Bruce thanked Jas­mine for her fas­ci­nat­ing talk.

Sally Auty, teacher at Mal­laig High School, Paula Ross, pres­i­dent of Lochaber Ro­tary Club, Jas­mine Humphrey and Ro­tar­ian Ge­orge Bruce.

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