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LUCY KERFOOT: I'm not sure whether I should say yes or no. I don't think you magically mature over the night of your 18th birthday. Not all 16-year-olds are mature enough but equally there are plenty of 18-year-olds who aren't either. I suppose you have to have a cut-off point.

EBEN OGAGO: No, not enough 16-year-olds would be interested or know enough to be able to make an informed decision to be able to vote sensibly.

JOEL CUNNAH: No. I only have to look at our own 6th form. There are plenty that are mature and could perhaps make an informed decision. However, there are also a lot who are too immature and wouldn't have a clue at 16. Some could come to a decision based on sound reasoning but there's too many who couldn't.

JACK STAVELEY: No, definitely not. The majority of 16-year-olds are just too immature. Some care about politics and are interested who will be disappointed that they can't vote. However, there are far too many that are simply too immature and likely to be influenced to vote for a party that they little about and have no idea what they stand for.

Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan at Abergele, which dates back to 1899, has more than 1,100 learners with 140 teaching and support staff. Its ethos is to encourage learners to achieve the very best that they can, summarised by its motto 'Dare to Achieve'. These Year 12 learners, all aged 17, are Lucy Kerfoot of Trelogan, who is studying double health and social care and psychology; Eben Ogago of Trefnant, studying art, history and English literature; Joel Cunnah of Kinmel Bay, studying chemistry, physics, biology and maths; and Jack Staveley of Rhuddlan, studying maths, chemistry, biology and sport.

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Jul 10, 2015
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