A CHULMLEIGH Community College student has won a prestigious competition to represent the South West as the area s Young Ambassador of the Year. Year 11 student Alex White talked his way into the UK finals after impressing an audience of Lion s Club membe

A CHULMLEIGH Community College student has won a prestigious competition to represent the South West as the area's Young Ambassador of the Year.Year 11 student Alex White talked his way into the UK finals after impressing an audience of Lion's Club members and supporters from around the region, at the event at Crafthole Cornwall, at the weekend.Already South Molton Lion's Club's Young Ambassador of the Year, Alex had to make a presentation of all the things he has been involved with and then get through a 20-minute interview with a panel of judges.The competition - held by the Lions to recognise outstanding local, national and international contributions to the community - featured eight 15-19-year-olds representing different parts of the region.Young candidates at the nerve-wracking finale included one who had worked as a carer in Lourdes, France, another had taught a brass band instrument to deprived children in Hungary, and another who was going to South Africa to work with AIDS victims. Alex, who was presented with an enormous cup and a certificate, said it was a great honour to be selected to represent the region.He said: "I feel it is important that all young people have a voice and will continue to represent young people all over the South West."College spokesperson Sandy Shrimpton congratulated Alex on behalf of the college: "Well done Alex, we will be hoping you can pull off an even more amazing achievement and win the UK finals and, of course, more immediately get re-elected as Member of the Youth Parliament for North and West Devon and Torridge."Twelve candidates from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England will participate in a weekend of activities at the UK final, being held in Dudley, Birmingham, next month. One will be selected to represent Great Britain in the European finals being held in Cannes, France later this year.