Young Inventors scoop awards

YOUNG INVENTORS: Dai Thomas, Lorna Blamires, James Crossley, Dr Eric Dyson, President John Knowles, David Haley, Amber Galloway, Sophie Wynne, Mr David Sugden, Ryan Mortimer and Joanne Catlow at Whitcliffe Mount School.
YOUNG INVENTORS: Dai Thomas, Lorna Blamires, James Crossley, Dr Eric Dyson, President John Knowles, David Haley, Amber Galloway, Sophie Wynne, Mr David Sugden, Ryan Mortimer and Joanne Catlow at Whitcliffe Mount School.
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BRIGHT sparks from Whitcliffe Mount have been rewarded for their inventiveness.

The 19th annual Young Inventor of the Year competition sponsored by Cleckheaton Rotary Club produced a wealth of exciting and innovative projects.

The work of 32 finalists students was very high and the judges were not only looking at the design skills but also their commerciality as the awards are sponsored by local businesses.

Rotarian David Sugden said: “With the changes that are happening at the school this year we saw the introduction of an engineering prize and the Rotary judges were particularly impressed by the work produced as part of the B Tech Engineering course run at the school.”

Rotary Club youth opportunities chairman Joanne Catlow said the club felt it is important the students learnt practical skills to help them get jobs and apprenticeships and the engineering section was a vital part of that.

President John Knowles congratulated the Technology Department and emphasised the value of the practical teaching for the entry of young people to the world of work.

The winners were Graphics – Lorna Blamires; product design – James Crossley; engineering – Ryan Mortimer; food – Sophie Wynne; textiles – Amber Galloway.

The overall winner was James Crossley and a special merit award to went to Tim Smith (Engineering)

Sponsors of the awards were Cleckheaton Construction, TK Halford, DPS Associates, Eric F Box, Mr J Hemmingway, Mr M Bentley and the Rotary Club.