Vince Banks, President of Christchurch Rotary Club, presented certificates and a trophy to five pupils from Twynham School and The Grange School who had achieved significant success in the 2022 National Youth Competitions organised by Rotary in Britain and Ireland.
These competitions cover a wide range of subjects, starting with heats at the local level, with the winners going on to a district-level competition, and – if success continues – to the regional and finally national level.
Vince offered huge congratulations to Tila from Twynham School, who had not only won the local heat of the Rotary Young Artist competition but had gone on to become the outright National winner with her superb full-face painting of a tiger.
Vince presented Tila with a certificate, an inscribed glass trophy, and a substantial gift voucher to mark her outstanding achievement.
These competitions cover a wide range of subjects, starting with heats at local level, with the winners going on to a district-level competition, and – if success continues – to regional and finally national level.”
The Christchurch Rotary President also presented certificates to:
- Ace Storey from Twynham School, who had achieved second place in the national Young Artist competition;
- Sky Hutchings from The Grange School and Imogen Doyle from Twynham School, had secured second and fourth place respectively in the District heat of the Rotary Young Photographer Competition (covering East Dorset, South Wiltshire, West Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, and the Channel Islands);
- Bethany Gardiner from The Grange School, who had participated in the National competition for the 2022 Rotary Young Citizen Award. Bethany had been nominated by her school in recognition of her exemplary attitudes to learning, friendship, community service, helping the homeless and the isolated, and being the carer for her father. Always cheerful, and always helpful, she truly embodies the spirit of the Young Citizen Award.
Introducing the presentation session, Lola Hurst-Levy, Head of Art at Twynham and The Grange Schools, said that both schools were proud of the achievements of their students, and congratulated all of them.
Rotarians Mike Kearley and Paul Mills (Chair of the Club’s Youth Service Committee) outlined the nature of the Rotary competitions before Vince Banks made the formal presentations.
Vince said: “The students have all worked hard and produced very fine results.
“We in Rotary are very happy to acknowledge their successes and wish them well in their continuing studies.
While thanking them for their work, we must also thank the schools for encouraging them to enter the Rotary competitions, which provide an annual opportunity to display talent.”
“While thanking them for their work, we must also thank the schools for encouraging them to enter the Rotary competitions, which provide an annual opportunity to display talent.”
Both schools had also entered teams for the Rotary Young Technology Tournament, in which Twynham won two of the three categories.
Additionally, in the local “Youth Speaks” competition (intermediate section), the Twynham and Grange teams were respectively placed third and fourth – a very creditable result given the level of competition from other schools across the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area.
To see more of the Young Artist winners click here.