Students from the Sixth Form College have this term been reaping the rewards for their hard work in the creative field by collecting prizes at the Rotary Club’s Young Photographer and Young Innovator awards evenings.
In the photography field, Lindzi Burton scooped a prize in the senior colour category at the regional final with 40 other students entering their snaps into the contest. Amongst the other prize winners in the local finals for Stoke-on-Trent were Hannah Almond for her ‘Fiery Sunset’, Lyndsay Price for ‘Behind Grandad’s Shed’ and Stephanie Wood for her black and white piece entitled ‘Run Down Reflection’.
Lindsay Price and Lyndzi Burton were both delighted to receive recognition for their work. “It felt really good”, said Lindsay. “My photograph was my actual grandad’s shed and was based around the theme of decay. I prefer black and white photography as it brings more detail to the picture than colour.”
“I had been doing work with animals but wanted to continue with other work around portraiture”, said Lyndzi. “We took the shot in Blurton. The sky was a bit of a lucky accident.”
“Our teacher, Helen Morgan, encouraged us to enter”, they both said. “We’re glad she did. It’s taught us to try and enter more competitions to build confidence”
Sixth Form College students also picked up awards within design and technology.
Daniel Nutting designed and made a shelving unit that he welded together himself and Thomas Cocking designed and made a tool storage system that he called "Tool Lock". Tom added his ideas to the BBC Gardeners World Forum and actually got some positive feedback from the Editor.
The three students made the District Finals of the Young Innovator Awards on Sunday July 8th at Bromsgrove School and showed off their work in a professional manner. Thomas finished in third place from120 original entries into the competition.
Earlier in the contest, Chris Mollart displayed a cutlery set that he had designed specifically for people with arthritis.
Product Design Teacher, Rose Lane, said of the boys’ achievements; “They were competing against schools from all over the region, from Uttoxeter all the way down to Birmingham. Tom was so chuffed to have won, a great achievement as originally he was reluctant to enter the competition.”
“The boys had to be interviewed by the Rotary Club about the commercial viability of their designs and they had to produce a full portfolio showing the products’ development over the process. They’ve all done incredibly well.”