Judges blown away by school art entries

Lewis school pupils showed off their artistic talents recently at The Woodlands Centre, Stornoway when prizes were handed out for the Hebridean SciTech Festival art competition, sponsored by Stornoway Wind Farm.

Pupils from three schools from across Lewis received awards for their depictions of renewables projects.

Pupils were asked to create pictures reflecting renewables on the island. The judging panel consisted of Iain McIver, Factor at The Stornoway Trust, Martin Macleod and Morag Macdonald, representing the Science Festival and Stornoway Wind Farm Project Director, Ron Peddie.

A total of three schools on the island were awarded prizes for their contributions.

In the P4-5/6-7 category, the prize winners were from Tong Primary School and from Scalpay.

In the S1-3 category, the prize winners were from The Nicolson Institute.

The full list of winners is:

P 4/5 1st -  Aaron Macleod - Tong Primary 2nd - Sian Ferguson & Shana Macphail (joint entry) - Tong Primary 3rd -  Bethany Mackinnon -Tong Primary School  p6/7 1st -  Gillian Macsween - Scalpay Primary 2nd - Kenneth Macleod - Tong Primary 3rd -  Ronan Sinclair - Tong Primary S1 All Nicolson Institute 1st -   Kayleigh Macleod 2M1 2nd -  Ruaraidh Mackay- (no class info) 3rd -  Dennis Macdonald S2

The prize-winning entries will be exhibited on the Stornoway Wind Farm website and all of the entries will be displayed in An Lantair for the public to view.

Hamish Budge, representing the Hebridean SciTech Festival Committee said: “We are delighted by the quality and quantity of responses we have had from school children across Lewis. We received excellent entries from all of the schools and it was both a pleasure and a difficult task to choose outright winners.”

Ron Peddie, Project Director at Stornoway Wind Farm added: “Renewables really are the technology of the future, so it is vital that young people understand how they work and can visualise how they look. This art competition has been a great way of engaging with young people and getting them interested in renewables and art.

“We would like to thank all of the pupils for their contributions and give a very special congratulations to the award winners.”