Letchworth schoolgirl wins national award

A SCHOOLGIRL is celebrating after been presented a national science award in London by a popular television presenter.

Jessica Wynn, a sixth form student currently taking her A-levels at Highfield School in Letchworth GC, was handed the Gold Crest award by Professor Brian Cox at London’s ExCel during ‘the Big Bang’, a young scientists and engineers fair.

The National Science and Engineering Competition award was presented after Jessica carried out work experience with the NHDC’s Environmental Protection Team during last year’s summer holidays, carrying out a survey on air quality throughout North Hertfordshire.

The research was funded by the Nuffield Foundation with an aim to help students to gain an insight into scientific research and development.

Speaking after her win, Jessica said: “I was thrilled to have even made it to the final of the National Science and Engineering Competition so when I actually won it was such a lovely surprise.

“It was an honour and the fact that I have won an award presented by such a well regarded person still hasn’t really sunk in.

“I have always been interested in science and scientific research but winning the award has given me the confidence that I have the ability to aim for a research career and has made me very excited for the future.”

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Councillor Bernard Lovewell, NHDC’s portfolio holder for Housing and Public Protection, added: “Jessica’s awards are a fantastic achievement and recognises the hard work and dedication that she put into her project during her work experience. I am proud that NHDC’s Environmental Protection Team have been able to support her and provide her with the tools to achieve such a prestigious award.”

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