News & Info
National Young Historian Awards 2010
Published: Wednesday 13 October, 2010
Amber Pullen fought off fierce competition from fellow College Year 9 pupil, Kristian Williman, to win top prize for her project on her grandfather, Frank Pullen - a soldier’s life in World War II, at the National Young Historian Awards. Amber won the Key Stage 3 Category of the award and Kristian Williman’s project on Phillip Peachey in World War II was Highly Commended. This award is sponsored by the Spirit of Normandy Trust, in partnership with the Historical Association, and was also won last year by a College pupil, Edward King.
Students Kristian Williman and Amber Pullen with History teacher Jo Turner
Last week Amber and her parents attended a prestigious prize-giving ceremony at the Imperial War Museum, along with her History teacher, Miss Jo Turner. The presentations were made by John Graham (Chairman of the Spirit of Normandy Trust) and Brigadier David Baines (Trustee), and special guests included Rebecca Sullivan (Chief Executive of the Historical Association), members of the Normandy Veterans Association and the Young Historian Network.
The College History Department was awarded a plaque in recognition of the high quality of its entry, along with a cheque for £100. Amber was also given a cheque for £100. After the ceremony, Mr Trevor Beattie (Co-founder of Beattie McGuinness Bungay) approached Amber and presented her with the unexpected bonus of a further cheque for £300. “At first I thought it was a joke but he explained that it was for me to use to visit Normandy to see it for myself.”