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Grimsby’s Havelock Academy triumphant in Phillips 66 Schools Sustainability Challenge

A combination of technology, biology and passion won Liam Wright, Tony Wu, Chris Richardson and Joseph Escombe £1,000 for their school and a day at the Phillips 66 Humber Refinery. The challenge was launched earlier in the year, with schools invited to come up with creative ways to support the country’s energy transition and benefit the environment.

Students competed to represent their school and those winners were whittled down to six finalists. Havelock plus teams from Cleethorpes Academy, Healing Academy, Oasis Academy Wintringham, The Academy Grimsby and Tollbar Academy battled it out in the final. Cleethorpes Academy were runners-up, winning their school £500.

The final, held as part of the North East Lincolnshire Council’s Skills Fair at Grimsby Auditorium, saw students make a presentation before answering judges’ questions. They were Grimsby MP and Levelling Up Minister Lia Nici, Innovate UK Project Director Kelly Aldis, Humber Eco Partnership’s Mark Fenty, Phillips 66 Decarbonisation Engineer Linda Winstanley and Phillips 66 Early Careers Network representative Ashin Leons. The Havelock team took the honours in a closely fought competition after giving judges a QR code which, when followed, presented their work and ideas in an app.

Winning team members Liam and Joseph said: “We are chuffed to bits. We worked really hard, but enjoyed every minute.” The team’s focus was on protecting plankton in the earth’s oceans, including farming it, to help improve the environment. Lia said: “Havelock were very, very impressive. Using an app to communicate their message was clever. Caroline Taylor, Havelock Academy Subject Leader for STEM added, “I am extremely proud of what the students at Havelock Academy have achieved. The dedication and commitment to the competition have certainly paid off. “STEM should be accessible for everyone and competitions like this really do open doors for even the most disadvantaged children.”

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