Classics Competition 2016

THE LYTHAM ST ANNES CA CLASSICS COMPETITION 2016

The Association’s inaugural Classics Competition for Schools took place at AKS Lytham on 14th April 2016 in front of an enthusiastic and knowledgeable audience. Four finalists (shown below with judge Dr Katharine Earnshaw and LSA CA Chair, Katrina Kelly) from AKS Lytham, Blackpool Sixth Form College, Kirkham Grammar School and Runshaw College, Leyland each gave an illustrated presentation on a topic of their choice in response to the question posed by the Association: ‘What interests you about the Ancient World?’ 

Classics Competition finalists

(L-R): Zain Islam of AKS Lytham; Mason Forrest of Kirkham Grammar School; judge Dr Katharine Earnshaw, Exeter University; Skye Demar, Blackpool Sixth Form College; Ross Kinnaird, Runshaw College; Katrina Kelly, Chair of LSA CA.

The ‘excellent and accomplished presentations’ covered the following topics:

ANCIENT SCIENCE AND MATHS  

Zain Islam  AKS, Lytham

THE IMPORTANCE OF ORACLES IN THE ANCIENT GREEK WORLD   

Skye Demar   Blackpool Sixth Form College

MATHEMATICS: THEOREMS, PARADOXES AND DISCOVERIES   

Mason Forrest  Kirkham Grammar School

THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE   

Ross Kinnaird   Runshaw College

Judge Katharine Earnshaw from the University of Exeter and originally from Lytham St Annes, commended all four finalists on their first class presentations and said it had been ‘a very difficult task to choose just one winner’ but after much deliberation, Dr Earnshaw declared Ross Kinnaird from Runshaw College the winner of the first LSA CA Classics Competition and recipient of the Classics Competition trophy.  Ross’s talk on The Fall of the Roman Empire was ‘both comprehensive and entertaining, and delivered in style’. Head of Classics at Runshaw College, Francesca Grilli collected the stunning LSA CA School Trophy, made by an Athenian craftsman, which will be held by the school for one year.

We are very grateful to The Classical Association for their generous grant which enables the LSA CA Classics Competition to take place.