A GROUP of talented high school students has taken out top spot in one section of the 2012 Archibull Prize and come equal third in the art and agriculture competition overall.
Shoalhaven High School students from years 7 to 10 entered the competition for the first time this year.
They made a video, a blog and painted a fibreglass cow with the theme, “What does it take to sustainably feed and clothe your community for a day?” in mind.
Their blog, for which students interviewed local farmers and researched the Shoalhaven’s beef industry, secured them equal first place and a $250 cheque.
Along with equal third overall from among the 20 schools entered, the group were given Cream of the Crop Excellence Awards for their video and fibreglass cow, known as Sweetie Meaty Pie.
Gifted and talented co-ordinator Deb Hargraves, who oversaw the project, was thrilled with the result.
“There was some stiff competition and it was close – there were only five points between the first four places,” she said.
“The students learnt about the importance of agriculture and farmers and what is needed for sustainability.
“They learnt a lot about food production in the local area.”
Year 10 participant Marni Killick said the project helped her improve her leadership skills.
“I learnt how to lead younger students and everybody learnt a lot about the beef industry,” she said.
“We’re really proud of our cow and our team was up against a lot of private schools.”
Fellow year 10 student Stuart Thomson was pleased with the result, especially given it was their first time entering.
“It has taken us on a bit of a journey and has been a great experience,” he said.
The prize money will go towards making the school farm more productive and sustainable.
Would they take part in it again next year?
“Absolutely,” Ms Hargraves said.
NO BULL: Shoalhaven High School students who worked on the Archibull Prize; year 7 students Deborah Nelson, Marjorie Evans and Tabetha Granelli, year 10 students Marni Killick, Ashlee Curley and Stuart Thomson, year 8 student Olivia Vale, year 10 student Natasha Hewitt and year 8 students Victoria Kriticos and (front) Sophia Mintram holding the trophy for first place blog.
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