By Kevin Smith
Social action superhero Megan Bryant-Lawson turned TV interviewer on a special day for the Bognor Regis student.
Megan, 14, was chosen to take a leading role in the Sky Arts coverage of the national WE Day at Wembley Arena.
This gave her the chance to show her ability in quizzing famous TV and music personalities. The programme was shown by the broadcaster last Saturday.
Megan, a Year Ten student at The Regis School, said: “It was awesome being on Sky and that, because I took advantage of every opportunity given to me, I could do this. For that, I am very grateful.
“The day was an amazing experience. Although the idea of going into the media is great, and something I hadn’t considered until now, my ambition has always been to go into medicine and become a cardiothoracic specialist.”
Megan was only told of her chance of a lifetime the day before the event.
But she stayed cool to devise questions, with the help of fellow rights respecting ambassadors from the school, to devise a series of questions to ask on the special blue carpet about the stars’ passion for WE.
Accompanied by a producer and a camera operator, she exuded so much warmth and confidence she received compliments from those she interviewed.
They included Love Island’s Laura Whitmore and actors Alfie Allen and Bella Ramsey.
Laura later posted on Twitter that Megan was ‘such a good interviewer’ after she had told her in person she was a natural and an amazing ambassador for her group.
This sentiment was echoed by Bella Ramsey, a star of CBBC’s The Worst Witch, also on Twitter.
Megan also interviewed her fellow pupils, Josh Slater and Georgia Lane.
She was interviewed as well by the crew as an example of a WE Day hero.
Laura Reynolds, from the WE Movement, said: “I have to say that myself and the rest of the team as well as the videographer from Sky were completely blown away by Megan.
“They changed all the questions at the last minute and depending on which celebrity was coming down the carpet which didn’t faze Megan at all, and she completely took it in her stride.”
Caroline Saunders, an assistant principal at the school, said it was contacted by WE because of the reputation of its rights respecting ambassadors.
“WE contacted us the day before the charity concert, knowing we have some exceptional young people in our rights respecting ambassador group.
“The theme of WE Day this year was WE Day Superheroes and there is no doubt Megan fits the bill,” she said.
This year alone has seen Megan help to collect 3,000kg of food for UKHarvest, the food rescue charity, plant more than 1,000 crocus corms for the Rotary Purple for Polio campaign and lead children’s rights workshops for local primary schools.
Megan was among 15 students from the school who took part in the day to celebrate the WE Movement’s global ethos of promoting youth social action.
They were all invited to walk the blue carpet – the only ones to receive the honour among the 13,000 schoolchildren present and were interviewed by ITV, Cartoon Network and CNN.
The group of students from Years 7-10 were allowed to stay in the press area after they had walked the blue carpet to watch the celebrities arrive.
The day continued with the concert. Celebrities such as Idris Elba and Lewis Hamilton spoke as well as everyday heroes from schools across the country.
A group of Felpham Community College students, pictured middle right, were also fortunate enough to enjoy the inspiring line-up of world-renowned speakers, award-winning performers and stories of change earlier this month.
Music teacher Nicole Matthews said: “It has been fantastic to hear such inspirational stories from people of all ages and backgrounds. For me – the words that hit home were from Idris Elba who asked what legacy they wanted to leave.”
Year 8 student Tallulah Powell said: “The whole day was so good, we are all buzzing.
“Everyone who presented gave a message about being your best self and what a difference you can make by helping your community.”