Classics Competition

Every year, the Lytham St Annes CA holds a Classics Competition for students aged 11-18 to produce and deliver a presentation in 15 minutes or less in response to a particular question about the ancient world. The competition is free to enter, and offers young people a fabulous opportunity at research and public speaking. We have also trialled a Junior Classics Competition which we hope to expand in 2018.

Scroll down for previous results, rules and reports, and to see how you can get involved in the next competition. 

The Lytham St Annes CA Classics Competition 2017 – results! 

This March, we held our 2017 Classics Competition where students were invited to give a presentation about the figure from the Ancient World that interested them the most.

The responses were eclectic and we were really thrilled to see so many interested pupils from schools and colleges across Lancashire taking part. After internal heats and a further round of judging video entries, five finalists were selected to participate in the Grand Final. The Final was held at AKS Lytham on Thursday 23rd March and we welcomed Katherine Backler, Fellow at All Souls College Oxford, as our honoured judge.

The five finalists were:

Isaac Hill, Kirkham Grammar School

Ethan Lees, Blackpool Sixth Form College

William Edwards, AKS Lytham

Charlotte Bennett, King George V College

Harvey Phythian, Runshaw College

After some very impressive presentations, Harvey Phythian was declared the winner and awarded the LSA CA Classics Competition Trophy for his engaging and stimulating study of Diogenes the Cynic. His teacher, Francesca Grilli, retained the prestigious LSA CA Classics Competition School Trophy for Runshaw College after the success of Ross Kinnaird in 2016.

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Judge Katherine Backler, winner Harvey Phythian and teacher Francesca Grilli

The finalists all received a cash prize (£100 first prize, £25 to runners-up), a Classics book, certificate and letter of congratulations from LSA CA President Dr Michael Scott.

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For the full report from the evening: read our ‘Philosophy from a Pithos’ blog.

The full details and guidelines for the competition are available below:

LSA CA Classics Competition 2017

LSA CA Classics Competition Guidelines

We are very grateful to The Classical Association for their generous grant towards the Lytham St Annes CA Classics Competition

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 The Lytham St Annes CA Junior Classics Competition 2017

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This year, we piloted a version of our Classics Competition for children at AKS Junior School and it was great to see the enthusiasm of budding historians from every form! Mrs Bickerstaffe, school librarian and LSA CA committee member, provided helpful and encouraging feedback for the participants and chose her top five to contest the Final, which was held on the morning of the Senior Final.

Jessica Addy, Zara Fleming, Iestyn Facey, Jonah Crouch and Harry Corcoran all gave excellent presentations on a range of topics from Poseidon to Herodotus and head Judge, Katrina Kelly, had a difficult decision to make. She awarded the first prize to Jonah Crouch for his dramatic and detailed account of the life of Psyche. All the finalists picked a free book from our bookstall and Jonah received a trophy as well as the opportunity to attend the Senior Final and give his presentation again to a larger audience – which he did admirably!

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Judge Katrina Kelly and winner Jonah Crouch

Next year, we hope to expand our Junior Competition to more schools, so keep checking this page for updates.

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The Lytham St Annes CA Classics Competition 2016

For information and the results of our inaugural competition see the link on the drop-down bar, or click here!