Team HGS – Design Ventura Winners


On Friday 11 June, a design team consisting of Alice Cheesbrough, Naomi Fisayo, Hannah Rouse and Emily Sharp (with Mr Stevens and Mrs Power tagging along) attended a Celebration Event at the Design Museum in London after being shortlisted for the Design Ventura Award. After being given time to explore the inspirational exhibitions, we made our way to the Huth Gallery for the formal awards ceremony. The seven shortlisted teams were all presented with an award and certificate, ending with the Sow Beautiful team from Heckmondwike Grammar School being announced as overall winners!

Once they had stopped shaking from the excitement of their well-deserved success, Alice, Naomi, Hannah and Emily were smiling from ear to ear and almost bursting with pride. It was a wonderful and emotional event to be a part of. Since winning the competition, Alice, Naomi, Hannah and Emily have been pushed out of their comfort zones several times, taking part in a live interview on BBC Radio Leeds and a recorded interview which will form part of a segment to be show on Leeds TV (Freeview 7 / Sky 117 / VM 159) on Wednesday 23 June from 6pm. It has to be said, that they have all taken to their new media duties like proverbial ducks to water.

The journey doesn’t end here. The team will now work with a professional product design company to develop the seed launcher to ensure it is suitable for commercial manufacture. The product will then be professionally produced before being sold in the Design Museum shop (we’ve already had a pre-order for 50 of them!). All profits will be donated to Kirkwood Hospice- chosen by the team members themselves because of their close connections with the charity.

Alice, Naomi, Hammah and Emily are incredibly talented innovators and we hope that this triumph is the first of many achievements for them in the world of design. We are incredibly proud of what these young ladies have already achieved and very much look forward to seeing how this project develops in the coming months and years.

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