Teenager Amy Simpson has won an award with a presentation about women in engineering.
Amy, a year 12 student at Guiseley School came first in her age group in the young outstanding presenter of the year competition run by Northern Gas Networks. She received £100 for herself and £100 for her school.
The competition, run in conjunction with social enterprise Ahead Partnership and registered charity Hull Children’s University aims to equip students with skills they can take into their working life. It also aims to promote the study of STEM subjects.
The schools contest was launched in January, with participants given a choice of 12 topics to speak about. Company employees were assigned to schools to coach students on their technique and help with research.
Topics included girls in engineering, carbon monoxide awareness, fuel poverty, innovation, energy futures, and utility companies and their impact on the environment.
Mark Horsley, Chief Executive of Northern Gas Networks said Amy had proved herself a worthy winner.
"It’s been wonderful to see the journey these young people have been on," he said. "They took a subject they had no previous knowledge of and put in an amazing amount of research and effort into making it come alive, through an interesting and well-structured presentation."
Stephanie Burras, Chief Executive at Ahead Partnership said: "The students have worked extremely hard on researching and presenting their topics, and the confidence and speaking skills they’ve developed throughout this competition will stand them in excellent stead for their futures."