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A STUDENT is celebrating after having two of his articles published in an international magazine.

Matthew Calvert is in his first year at Hartlepool Sixth Form College and is studying history, politics, English literature and English language at A-level and he is wanting to go on to study history at degree level.  

The 16-year-old came across the opportunity to write for the Interact Magazine during a tutorial session that his personal tutor and politics teacher, Alex Taylor, recommended.

A website called Do-it promotes a variety of volunteering opportunities and it was here that Matthew discovered the Interact European Magazine project.

Interact is an organisation which promotes international co-operation, and does this through projects such as the one that Matthew participated in.

Matthew said: “The Magazine project involved a 10-week course at Durham University lead by the Interact team, where we took part in writing, photography and graphic design workshops.

“While refining my skills in the workshops, I began writing my two articles. The first, titled EU: Bogeyman or Best friend was an opinion piece on why Britain should remain in the European Union, which included an interview with a Spanish engineer who recently moved to England.

“My second article ‘Has Hooliganism Fouled Football?’ examined the reoccurring theme of hooliganism in football, and how it has affected the sport and the public perception of it.”

During the project Matthew worked with a team of 11 people, sharing advice and criticisms on how to improve their contributions to the magazine.

They were one of three teams, the others located in London and Belgium.

Once completed, the magazine was published and distributed to various student establishments across Europe.

Matthew added: “The project has given me the motivation to pursue my ideal career as a writer or political journalist.”

Mr Taylor added: “Matthew is a fantastic student.

“Not only is he academically gifted but he is also a lovely young man who approaches everything he does with enthusiasm.”