Global success for Colyton Grammar students

PUBLISHED: 11:35 08 July 2015

From left to right, Robert Mansfield, Jack Merrett, Nicola Rew (teacher), Anna Hearnden with their winning cheques for $4,000.

From left to right, Robert Mansfield, Jack Merrett, Nicola Rew (teacher), Anna Hearnden with their winning cheques for $4,000.

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Anna Hearnden, Robert Mansfield and Jack Merrett travelled to the PolyU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Global Student Challenge in Hong Kong.

Young entrepreneurs from Colyton Grammar School have been named world champions in a global competition.

Anna Hearnden, Robert Mansfield and Jack Merrett travelled to Hong Kong to pitch their idea to business leaders and academics at the PolyU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Global Student Challenge.

The year 13 students were presented with cheques for around £2,500 at a gala dinner for their creation ‘StopAid’, a safety warning device for cars.

Nicola Rew, head of economics at Colyton Grammar School, accompanied the students to the finals, where they competed against other schools from Canada, Hong King, India and Singapore.

Mrs Rew said she was in a ‘state of disbelief’ when the school’s name was announced at the event.

Anna, who is aiming to study politics, German and Russian at Bath University next year, added: “The whole process has been a fantastic experience.”

The entrepreneurial competition takes place every two years, with the 2013 contest attracting 228 teams.

Paul Evans, Colyton Grammar School’s headteacher, said: “Once again, we are proud to be represented by such determined and independent students, supported by wonderful dedicated teachers.”

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