Successful Tonypandy Community College student Stacey Baker has been appointed Rhondda Cynon Taf’s representative as a Member of the UK Youth Parliament.

Sixteen-year-old Stacey from Llwynypia will act as a champion for the voting campaign Make Your Ballot and will represent the views of the County Borough in the House of Commons during the Annual Sitting in November.

Stacey recently attained 7 A*s, 5As and two Bs in her GCSE examinations at Tonypandy Community College before starting her A-Level studies in Biology, Chemistry Double Mathematic and Welsh Baccalaureate at Coleg y Cymoedd.

During her time at Tonypandy College she was Chair of the Rhondda Cynon Taf Youth Forum and won a top prize in the Principality Achievement Awards. Stacey played a key role in the Rhondda Remembers World War I Project and actively supported the College’s Student Voice, which included interviewing potential new staff members.

As a Member of the UK Youth Parliament Stacey will have the chance to take part in training to further her skills and experience. She will also chair a sub-committee within the RCT County Youth Forum looking at a specific issue such as: Mental Health, Equality and Diversity and Curriculum for Life.

She will shortly travel to Germany to participate in the Ravensburg International Youth Conference 2017 along with students from France, Italy, Belarus, Croatia, Israel, Turkey, Catalonia and Armenia.

Headteacher of Tonypandy Community College Nathan Prygodzicz said: “Stacey absolutely excelled in all of her endeavours. She is incredibly hard working, determined and committed to the many projects and organisations she becomes involved with.

“We are confident that her firm foundations in education at Tonypandy Community College have put her in good stead for the future achievements and wish her well in her studies and career.”