The Cotswold Challenge
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YOUNG STUDENTS FROM ACROSS THE COTSWOLDS WIN PRIZES FOR THEIR TALENT IN THE COTSWOLD CHALLENGE 2021
The waiting is over and several teenage students from across the Cotswolds and Swindon were thrilled to be told that their outstanding talents have been recognised and rewarded.
The Cotswold Challenge, which first launched during lockdown in 2020 to help Year 11, 12 and 13 students that were missing out on taking exams, invited students this year not only from the Cotswolds, but also the Swindon area, to send in their artwork, photographs, poems, stories, inventions or business ideas to be judged by expert and experienced judges including Lady Bathurst, Adam Henson and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.
Once again, it was students from Cirencester College that scooped the most number of prizes. Not only did they win second, third and fourth places in the Art & Design category, but they scooped first and second prizes in the Creative Writing category, plus four Highly Commended prizes and 10 Commended prizes.
In the Art & Design category, Amberley Taylor took second place and won £300 for her depiction of the ‘Cost of Happiness’; Kit Warner from Down Ampney came third with his entry called ‘Topology’ and received £150; whilst Ted Williams came fourth with ‘Kumiko Shelf’ and received £50. The students from Cirencester College were equally talented in the Creative Writing category taking both first and second places. Kiera Talmage, who lives in Swindon, won the first prize of £500 and a mini photo-shoot provided by Barbara Leatham Photography. Her story, ‘Growing Up, Colourised’, was about the journey of growing up shown through colours to depict each stage of life. Kayleigh Saunders came second with her emotive story about trans-gender entitled ‘Dysphoria’.
Other notable prize winners in the Cotswolds were Poppy White from The Cotswold School, who came first in the Innovation category for her ‘Poppy Bubbles’ idea; Teresa Doran from Chipping Campden School who came second in the same category for her idea about ‘Urban Sustainability’ and, also in Innovation, Josh Pullen from Hartpury College, who won joint third prize for ‘aSpire – Sports Rental’.
New for this year’s competition was a Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Talent across the three categories of Art & Design, Creative Writing and Innovation. The lucky prize winner of £250 in the Art & Design category was Katie Brunyee, who attends The Cotswold School and entered her artwork entitled: ‘Isolation’; Eleanor Wingfield, who attends Sir William Romney School, Tetbury, received the special prize in the Creative Writing category for her piece called ‘Glasses’; with James Brown from Chipping Campden School winning the new special prize for Innovation with his ‘Super Propagator’ design. When told of his special prize, James said: “I am very pleased to see that the hard work I have done has been rewarded, and the comments from the judges on my work were very pleasing.” Judge, Andy Langley, CEO of Ntegra, Swindon said: “A very timely idea – given people have been locked down. This helps people – even those in flats – develop an interest in gardening/growing.”
This year, The Cotswold Challenge comprised three categories, 150 talented entries; 12 top money prizes; 3 Special Recognition Awards; 12 Highly Commended awards; 26 Commended awards; 25 illustrious judges; 9 generous sponsors; 27 schools/colleges and four members of The Cotswold Challenge team, who organised the initiative – Nigel Chute of Chute Design, Allison Murray of Allison Murray Design, Chris Roberts, freelance writer and Fiona Scott of Fiona Scott Media.
To see a full list of winners, entries, judges’ comments, judges, sponsors and participating schools, please visit the Showcase at: www.thecotswoldchallenge.com.
The Cotswold Challenge
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