National awards over two consecutive days

It was success at the double for Morpeth's high school in a couple of national competitions.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 08 July, 2016, 12:05
Student Review pupils, including Shine School Media Awards category winner Joseph Dale, and Andrew Bruguier of Denmaur Independent Papers, far right.

At the Shine School Media Awards, which took place at Stationer’s Hall in London, Joseph Dale was the winner of the Most Promising Journalist accolade and he was highly commended in the Best Feature Article category.

Student Review – a publication led by King Edward VI School students – was highly commended for Best Magazine Cover.

As well as Joseph, editor-in-chief Frances McNaughton, Sarah Larby and Rose McKean attended the ceremony.

A day earlier, three KEVI pupils won the Digital Skills section during the TeenTech Awards evening, which took place at the Royal Society in London.

Year 11 students Alistair McCubbin and Matthew Forster, and Year 10 student William Brown invented Navband – a smart wristband which wirelessly communicates with a smartphone to give directions through vibrations to a user, aiding the visually impaired and cyclists.

Along with the other category winners, they will be invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace in the autumn.

Alistair McCubbin, William Brown and Matthew Forster, Shirley Creed from award sponsor Dell, left, and Gemma Morris of Sky News.

Student Voice, leadership and enrichment co-ordinator at KEVI, Victoria Najafi, said: “I am absolutely delighted that KEVI students have done so well in the finals of two prestigious national competitions.

“Congratulations in particular to Joseph Dale for his individual success and indeed to current editor-in-chief Frances McNaughton, the driving force behind the publication this year.

“A big well done also to Alistair, Matthew and William. TeenTech had 1,400 entries this year, therefore to win a category is an absolutely fantastic achievement.”