Jessie enjoys life as an MEP for a day

Jessie  Matthewson with Oldmeldrum Rotary Club president Martin Belshaw.
Jessie Matthewson with Oldmeldrum Rotary Club president Martin Belshaw.

A NORTH-EAST pupil has thanked local Rotarians for their support, after they sponsored her to take part in a multi-national visit to the European Parliament.

Jessie Matthewson, from Meldrum Academy, was selected by the Rotary Club of Oldmeldrum to be a potential candidate for the Euroscola programme, which offers students from all over the EU the opportunity to be an MEP for the day.

After a successful second-stage interview, Jessie was confirmed as one of 26 students from Scotland selected from all over Scotland to travel to Strasbourg.

Once there, successful candidates take the floor in plenary and committee sessions to debate and vote on resolutions on current affairs.

After addressing delegates in French on the future of Europe, Jessie was chosen, along with a student from the Netherlands, to co-chair one of the 100-strong committees.

She said: “We did a lot of preparation beforehand to deal with the language challenge.

“To immerse ourselves, once in Strasbourg we carried out a street survey in French – something which would have been daunting enough if we’d done it in English on Union Street.It was a fun experience.”