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WINNERS ANNOUNCED IN SPT’S SCHOOLS POETRY COMPETITION
Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) last night (Wednesday, April 28) hosted an awards evening for the winners of its Bang on Bard! poetry competition at its city centre headquarters.
More than 500 young people entered from city primary, secondary and special needs schools, and for the first time this year colleges were also invited to take part.
SPT’s poet-in-residence John Rice had the hard task of choosing just three winners in each age category.
He said: “Congratulations to all our winners. Their work is outstanding and clearly demonstrates the high standard of literary talent present in our schools. It was incredibly difficult to whittle it down to just twelve winners but they are all thoroughly deserving of their prizes.
“I was also delighted this year to see the addition of a category for 16-19 year olds, as well as overall prizes for the primary and secondary schools which submitted the most consistently-high standard of work.”
Winners in the 5-8 years group were: 1st Arslan Kazmi (6) of St Charles’ Speech and Language Unit; 2nd Lena Weeks (8) of Hillhead Primary School and 3rd Maha Al-Najdi (7) of Barmulloch Primary School.
Winners in the 9-12 years group were: 1st Sorcha Groundsell (12) of Glasgow Gaelic School; 2nd Megan McGowan (12) of Springburn Academy and 3rd Christopher McKenzie (11) of St Timothy’s Primary School.
Winners in the 13-15 years group were: 1st Alison Macgregor (13) of Glasgow Gaelic School; 2nd Kirsty McArthur (13) of Glasgow Gaelic School and 3rd Jennifer Logan (13) of Cleveden Secondary School.
Winners in the 16-19 years group were: 1st Halliki Kreinin (18) of Cleveden Secondary School; 2nd Violet McDonald (18) of Cardonald College and 3rd Emma Kittridge (17) of Ashcraig School.
And finally, the prizes for the Most Consistently High Standard from a Primary and a Secondary school both went to the respective sections of Glasgow Gaelic School.
First prize winners received £50 book tokens each with second prizes of £25 and third prizes of £15 book tokens. The overall winning primary and secondary schools received £100 book tokens each.
All the winning Bang on Bard! poems will go on display in the Subway and can be viewed by clicking here.