A SMART Stone teenager put her organisational skills to good use to arrange a conference for Mensa.
Mallory Howells, 16, of Aston Lane, attended her first event run by Mensa, the society for people with a high IQ, just two years ago.
But this year she was at the centre of the action, hosting this year’s Young Mensans Future Paths conference at Cambridge University’s Corpus Christi College. The event gives young members a taste of life at an Oxbridge college and the opportunity to hear inspirational speakers.
This year the guests included Dug Harrison, who talked about how the UK nuclear engineering industry was recruiting graduates, and Brian Heyworth, the global co-head of financial institutions at HSBC Bank.
There were also talks and advice on how to apply to an Oxbridge college and a look around some of Cambridge’s historic colleges.
Mallory said: “When I attended the first of these conferences in 2012, I could never have imagined I would end up organising it myself just two years later. I was a quiet 14-year-old who had never been to a Mensa event, and wasn’t really sure what to expect.
“I really enjoyed organising such a rewarding event - it was a great experience and has taught me some valuable lessons in organisation and improvisation.
“Though we had a few minor mishaps, such as the projector deciding to die at lunch time, myself and several helpers managed to find ways around everything thank goodness. I hope everyone who attended found it as interesting and informative as I did.
“I was amazed at some of the things I heard, and it really inspired me to think about what I wanted for my future; both university and job wise. In addition I met some phenomenal people and it indirectly led to some incredible experiences.”