Kirkby students win awards for posters commemorating Stephen Lawrence's life
Students from Ashfield Academy in Kirkby have received awards from the police and the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation for the posters they created commemorating his life.
Year 9 pupil Annabel Boot and Year 7 student Sofia Farooque were both commended for their individual posters which provided education on Stephen Lawrence Day after his foundation set a competition for students to create content highlighting the significance of his life.
Thursday marked 28 years since the anniversary of Stephen’s death, after he was murdered in a racially motivated attack while waiting for a bus in Eltham, London on the evening of April 22, 1993.
The Ashfield Academy students were selected as part of five winners of a contest that saw schoolchildren and other young people from across Nottinghamshire submit entries to share the importance of remembering Stephen Lawrence.
Maisy Willis who is a Year 7 pupil at the Elizabethan Academy in Retford was specifically selected and commended by the foundation for the poem she wrote about his life.
Year 9 student at East Leake Academy Amelie was also praised for her poster about the dangers of knife crime.
The competition which was open to young people aged 10 to 18 and was designed to raise awareness about the significance of Stephen’s murder.
Force Outreach Worker Romel Davis, of Nottinghamshire Police, selected the winners as part of a panel that included representatives from the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation.
He said: “Whenever we run competitions we are always overwhelmed by the incredible standard of entries that our young people produce and as always, it is very hard to choose winners.
“We were so impressed with five submissions and each has been given a £40 gift cards.
"Maisy’s was selected as particularly outstanding by the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation.”
In total 29 entries were submitted and the winners were revealed this week.
Romel added: “We regularly run competitions to highlight the skills and talents of young people and to reward them for their efforts.
“The Citizens in Policing Department are always open to suggestions, so if you have any ideas on how best we can come and support you in some way do get in touch with us via [email protected]”