|The Harvard Prize
The prize book of the Harvard Alumni Association is awarded to an outstanding Lower Sixth Former who “combines excellence in scholarship with achievement in other fields”.
We are very pleased that this year’s Harvard Fellow, Karl Hirt, will present this on behalf of the Harvard Alumni Association.
The prize goes to Jack Flowers.
The Dukes French Prize is awarded to Tom Elliott, as the outstanding Upper Sixth student of French.
Tom also wins the Philip Sidney Prize for English, which is awarded for an extended essay on a topic connected with Shakespeare, Sidney or Renaissance music and letters.
Tom has an offer from Trinity College, Oxford to read both English and French.
The Bentley German prize is awarded to Kris Blake. Despite being first and foremost a scientist, he has also been the outstanding Upper Sixth German student.
The Bain Spanish prize is awarded to Will Sansom, as the outstanding Upper Sixth Hispanist.
Will has an offer to read Spanish and Portuguese at Bristol University. He is taking a Gap Year and plans to go to Argentina and work at San Bartolome School, Rosario – the school's exchange partner.
The Moss Prize for Classics was founded by Reverend H.W. Moss (Headmaster 1866-1908), and is awarded to Nick Thompson, as the outstanding Upper Sixth classicist.
Nick is planning to apply to Oxford once he has his A-level results.
The Cross Prize for Classics goes to the outstanding student of Classical languages in the L6 and this year goes to Angus Thompson (brother of Nick!) for superb work throughout the year.
Angus is also planning to apply to Oxford.
The Classical Civilisation prize is awarded to Fred Ellery, as the best student of the subject in the Sixth Form. Fred produced a superb dissertation on the Military Tactics of Alexander the Great which he submitted as an Extended Project.
Poetry and Creative Writing
We now move on to three prizes for poetry and creative writing.
The Kitson-Clark Prize is awarded to Xavier Greenwood in the Lower Sixth for his poem entitled 'Night Lights’.
The R.S. Thomas Poetry Prize is awarded to Theo Simmons in the Third Form for his poem entitled ‘Soul Weight’
The Allan Creative Writing prize is awarded to James Humpish in the Fifth Form, who is in the process of completing his first novel, a fast-paced gangland thriller set in a Las Vegas casino(!).
The Bentley Elocution Prizes:
The Bentley Elocution prizes were founded for a public recitation of poetry, in open competition.
The winners are:
In the Sixth Form, James Brown and Jack Flowers.
In the Fifth Form, Robert Cross
In the Fourth Form, Laurence Jeffcoate
In the Third Form, Theo Simmons
Theatre and Drama
The Theatre Studies prize is awarded for excellence in both the academic and practical elements of A level Theatre Studies.
The winners, Nick Constantine and Hebe Dickins, have both achieved excellent scores in their Theatre Studies modules and took lead roles in their A2 devised drama, 'Prufrock', based on the TS Eliot poem.
Nick will take a gap year and apply for an Oxbridge place in the Autumn while Hebe has recently heard that she has gained a place at the Bristol Old Vic - there were 8,000 applicants for 15 places.
Hebe is also the inaugural winner of the Goulding Family Prize for Drama. The prize has been founded by the Goulding family, for whom theatre at Shrewsbury became particularly significant.
Hebe took a lead role in the school production of “Racing Demon” which was also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as taking one of the leading roles in this year's house play 'Shakers'.
The Debating prizes are awarded for contributions to School and House Debating Competitions throughout the year.
The Senior prize goes to Archie Milligan-Manby, who has been a stalwart member of the Rigg’s House debating team. He has also excelled himself this year in school debating, and he and his team-mate qualified for the regional finals of the prestigious English Speaking Union's Mace competition this year.
The junior prize is awarded to James Halliday. James has been a regular member of both The Grove debating team and also the school debating team and is always ready to help out with coaching the younger years in debating.
As the programme says, the McEachran Prize is awarded for a brief talk before a small audience on “spells”. In this instance, a “spell” is a special Salopian term for a short passage of poetry (or prose) chosen for its suitability for reciting aloud. The word was used by Frank McEachran, one of the most remarkable men to have taught at Shrewsbury last century (from 1935 to 1975), to describe the passages that he made his pupils recite aloud.
In the senior competition, the winner is Xavier Greenwood.
In the junior competition, the winners are Rory Fraser and Theo Simmons.
The Bright Prize for History is awarded to the best historian in the Upper Sixth, and is won by Freddie Cox. Freddie is hoping to read history at Bristol.
The Murray Senior Prize is awarded to the best historian in the Lower Sixth, and is won by Ellie Moodey. Her history interests also extend to Ancient History, and she prepared an Extended Project on the role of Roman Women in the Julio-Claudian era. She plans to apply to Oxford to study Classics
The Quinn Prize for Third Form History is awarded for the best oral history project in the Third Form, and is won by George Patterson, who interviewed his grandfather, an officer in the RAF.
The Dorothy David prize for Religious Studies is awarded to the outstanding pupils in the Upper Sixth. The winners are Will Sansom, who has already won the Bain Spanish Prize, and Maddy Fisher. Maddy has an offer from UCL to study French and Philosophy.
The Robertson-Eustace prize for Geography is awarded to the outstanding pupil in the Upper Sixth, and is won by Tom Harrison. Tom is taking a gap year and his plans for this include going to Borneo with International Raleigh and going with the school to Sulawesi with Operation Wallacea,
The Lower Sixth Geography prize is awarded to the outstanding Lower Sixth geographer. The winner is Alasdair Pollock. Alasdair is currently playing cricket for the 1st XI so is unable to be present this evening.
The Fifth Form Geography prize is awarded for outstanding fieldwork at GCSE level, and is won by Frederic Jackson.
The Arnold Hagger Mathematics Prize is awarded on the results of a paper which is designed to test innate mathematical ability rather than knowledge, and is open to any pupil in the School.
The winners are Tom Elcock and Sylvia Cheng. Both Tom and Sylvia were members of the school team of 4 mathematicians which finished second in the regional heat of the UK Senior Team Mathematical Challenge in December. They also obtained gold certificates in the individual Senior Maths Challenge in November.
Tom has an offer to read economics at the LSE. Sylvia is in the Lower Sixth Form and plans to apply to Oxford University to read Mathematics.
The Powell Mathematics Prize is open to Third and Fourth Form pupils, and is awarded for the best solutions to a series of problems, which are set throughout the Michaelmas and Lent Terms. The winner is Christopher Papaioannou.
The David Harrison Mathematics Prize is endowed by Mr and Mrs Peter Harrison in memory of their son David, who was Head of Mathematics from 1995 to 1996, and we are very pleased to welcome Mr and Mrs Harrison here tonight.
The prize is awarded for the best short presentation of a mathematical topic and is open to all pupils in the School. The winner this year is Edward Elcock. In each of his three years at school so far, Edward has obtained gold certificates in both the UK Senior and Intermediate Mathematical Challenges, and he also qualified for the Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad.
The Darwin Prize for Science is awarded for outstanding achievements and contributions in Science.
Kris Blake and Lucy Rands have been outstanding Darwin Society Presidents, introducing lectures and making our visiting speakers feel very welcome at the School. They are also both very impressive young scientists. Kris has an offer to read Biological Sciences at Pembroke College, Oxford. Lucy has an offer to read Material Science at Trinity College, Oxford.
The Arnold Matthews Science Prizes are awarded for a consistently high quality of work in the Upper Sixth.
The Biology prize is shared between Douglas Tenison-Collins and James Harris, who both have offers from St Hugh's College, Oxford, to continue their studies - James to read Biochemistry and Douglas to read Biological Sciences. James was a member of our delegation at the International Student Summit at the Natural History Museum last summer.
The Chemistry prize is shared between Abi Miller and Faiz Kipli. Abi has an array of excellent results, including a Silver Medal in the Royal Society of Chemistry Olympiad, and plans to apply to University to read veterinary science. In the meantime she has secured a 3 month work experience placement at Chester Zoo. Faiz achieved a Bronze Medal in the Olympiad, and has an offer to read biochemistry at Imperial College.
The Physics prize is won by Stephen Lilico. Stephen has been the outstanding physicist this year and was captain of the Shrewsbury team that competed in the UK final of the International Young Physicists tournament. He has an offer to read engineering at St John’s College, Oxford but first is taking a Gap year to work with his Church both here and abroad.
The Astronomy prize recognises excellent work in observational astronomy.
The winner is Martin Chow. In addition to his Astronomy, Martin is an outstanding mathematician, who was placed 14th in the UK in the Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad, resulting in an invitation by the UK Maths Trust to their Mathematics Summer School in July.
The Hawksley Burbury Prize is a competition testing skills of observation and deduction across all three sciences. Kris Blake won this for the second year running and was also ranked top in each individual science - an outstanding and rare achievement.
The Rolls Royce prize is awarded for the completion of an outstanding research project and presentation about it. The winners are Harris Karim and Boris Tang.
Harris and Boris were both part of the Shrewsbury IYPT team and were invited to join the UK team for the international finals in Iran this summer. They worked hard at solving a wide range of difficult physics problems and were preparing presentations on these solutions for the tournament. However, given the increasing uncertainties in the Middle East the UK team will not now be going to Iran.
Boris has an offer from Imperial College to study Engineering and Harris has an offer from Imperial College to study Civil Engineering.
The Lampel Prize for Natural History goes to Cal Winwood. Cal has been a leading member of the Shrewsbury School Beekeeping Society for the past five years and has been a charismatic president during this year.
A relatively new addition to the Shrewsbury Sixth Form Curriculum is the GPR course – Global Perspectives and Independent Research. The GPR prize is won by Matthew Cull. Matthew carried out an Independent Research Report on the nature of the self. This allowed him to explore and develop his interest in philosophy and to, in his own words, 'discover Wittgenstein'. He wrote a superb 5000 word dissertation on this and gave an excellent and engaging presentation on his research and the research process to an audience of tutors earlier this term.
The ICT prize for the outstanding Upper Sixth student goes to Justin Ng, whose coursework was of the highest quality and ran to over 250 pages. He has an offer to read business and management at Warwick and then intends to complete a Masters Degree in the States.
Business Studies and Economics
The Upper Sixth Business Studies Prize is awarded to the student that has made the greatest progress over the two years of the Business Studies A level, and is won by Toshi Tominari. Toshi is planning to study Business and German at Manchester University.
The Ramsbotham Business Studies Prize is awarded to the student that has shown the greatest aptitude for the subject over the two years of the Business Studies A level, and is won by Annabel Brentnall. Annabel is hoping to study at Business and Management at Exeter.
The Lower Sixth Business Studies prize is awarded to the outstanding Lower Sixth student, and is won by Erinma Chiagozie.
The Economics Prize is awarded to the outstanding pupil in the Upper Sixth, and is won by Tom Elcock. As well as being an outstanding student he was an excellent team captain for the school in the Target 2.0 competition.
The James Meikle A Level PE prize is named in honour of New Zealand Gap Student, James Meikle, who died of a brain tumour in February 2005. The winner is Rebecca Corkill, who has an offer to read pharmacy at Manchester.
The Lower Sixth PE prize is awarded to Stephen Leach. In addition to his outstanding academic progress at AS, Stephen plays cricket for Worcestershire Academy and has recently been selected to play for the county at Senior 2nd XI level.
Stephen is currently playing cricket for the 1st XI so is unable to be present this evening.
The Upper Sixth Form Art Prizes are awarded for a combination of sustained commitment and real achievement. All winners had their own One-Person Exhibition, which gave everyone an opportunity to see the range and quality of their creative development.
The Sixth Form Art Prize goes to Tristan Francis, who has an offer from Newcastle University to read Architecture
The Painting Prize is shared by Charlie Boutflower and Arabella Midwood. Charlie has an offer from The Glasgow School of Art Foundation Course. Arabella has an unconditional offer from Central St Martins Foundation Course
The Ceramics Prize goes to Jamie Lambie, who will be taking a gap year in New Zealand.
The Photography Prize is won by Hugo Jackson-Stops for his understanding that photography does not merely have to represent reality. He has produced some outstanding abstract compositions. Hugo is about to embark on a month’s work experience with the world renowned photographer – Mario Testino. Hugo then hopes to enrol on a photography foundation course before studying Geography at University.
The History of Art prize is awarded to Hebe Dickins.
The Hill Art Prize is a Lower Sixth prize awarded to pupils who have made the most progress and show the most promise. This goes jointly to Oliver Monckton and Charlie Straw
Anthea Ma is awarded the Senior Piano Prize this year in particular for her performance of Beethoven’s Fourth piano concerto with the School Orchestra earlier this year. Anthea also wins the Senior Strings Prize, and is leader of the school Symphony and String orchestras. She will be playing the first movement of Mendelssohn’s violin concerto in the leavers’ concert later this term.
Tom Elcock wins the Senior Brass Prize. Tom is principal trumpet with the School’s Symphony Orchestra and his performance of the Edward Gregson Trumpet concerto earlier this year in Birmingham Town Hall was outstanding.
Rob Collins wins the Senior Wind Prize. His performance of Josef Horowitz’ Oboe Concerto in Birmingham Town Hall last term was an outstanding achievement. Robert is going to Berklee College of Music in the States to study from September this year where he has been awarded a major scholarship
Marianne Shawe-Taylor wins the Senior Singing Prize. She has sung a number of roles over the past two years, including one of the principal female roles in this year’s school musical, What You Will, a role she will reprise this August at the Edinburgh Fringe.
The Graham White Organ Prize is won by Ambrose Li. Ambrose is hoping to apply for an Organ Scholarship to Cambridge later this year.
The Russell Prize for Orchestral playing is awarded to Camilla Aylwin, who has been the mainstay of the school viola section in quartets, String Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra,
The Guyer Family Prize was endowed by Miss Susan Guyer in memory of her father Barry, himself an Old Salopian, and we are delighted that she is here this evening to see the presentation of her prize to this year’s worthy recipient, Bruce Hay. Bruce has been the principal trombonist in nearly all the brass groups and the Symphony Orchestra, and a great ambassador for music at the school.
The Woollam Family Prize is won by Alex Collins. Alex is principal Clarinet in the Orchestra, as well as being a very talented Saxophonist. Both he and his brother Rob were competitors in the BBC Young Musician of the Year when it was last run, even making the most fleeting of appearances on BBC television as a result! The Woollam Family Prize is awarded to a musician who has crossed musical boundaries in truly excellent style, and whether Alex has been playing Clarinet in the orchestra, Saxophone in the Big Band, Shrewsbury Musicals or with his own band The Quarter at the Edinburgh Fringe last year, Alex has shown a huge ability to cross musical divides, and always with consummate professionalism. Alex is our current Head of School.
The Special Music Prize is awarded to Will Shaw. He is equally home on both the trumpet and Saxophone, and in common with many others receiving prizes tonight, gained his ATCL Diploma some time ago on Saxophone.
The Gordon Riley Prize is a new prize in memory of Mr Gordon Riley, who died last year, but who for many years was music and theatre critic for the Shropshire Star. The prize is endowed by his daughter Claire, and goes to a musician who has championed the more contemporary side of what Shrewsbury does with its music. The prize is won by Cal Winwood who is without doubt one of the most talented drummers the school has seen, and has been key to enabling like-minded young musicians at Shrewsbury make the most of their talents with him behind the drum-kit, gently guiding them and inspiring their performances.
As the programme says, the Guy Lovett Award is made in memory of a very special Salopian and outstanding oarsman who died of cancer at the age of 26. It is not often awarded but when it is, it is awarded to a pupil who, in the opinion of representatives of the Old Salopian Club and Guy Lovett's friends, has consistently demonstrated the personal qualities of courage, resolve and concern for others.
This year’s winner is Jamie Lambie.
The West Family Prize is awarded annually to a pupil who is considered to have made a notable contribution to good relations between the School and the local community.
This year’s prize is shared by Megan Cherrington and Tom Fitzpatrick. Megan has been outstanding as a volunteer at Shrewsbury High Prep School, helping to run activities for 4-7 year olds.
Tom was a volunteer at The Ark Refuge Centre for the homeless in Shrewsbury and is currently away on a Biology Field-trip so is unable to be present this evening.
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