Published On: Thu, Sep 11th, 2014 on 3:09 pm

Wakefield student shortlisted in national trophy competition

Gemma Pollock QEPrize Entrant

Gemma Pollock has been shortlisted amongst hundreds of entrants

An 18-year-old student from Wakefield has won a place in the final nine of a competition that celebrates the wonders of modern engineering.

Gemma Pollock was shortlisted amongst hundreds of 17 to 24 year olds across the UK, who were challenged to design an iconic trophy as part of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QEPrize) trophy competition.

Her design, called Working Together, will now be in the running to be selected as the winning design that will be used to create the trophy presented to the winners of the £1million QEPrize in 2015.

It depicts a solid foundation of a pyramid that represents the engineers of the past and their innovations, ideas passing through generations up towards the top that depicts an exciting and prosperous future.

Gemma said: “Teamwork inspired me in this design. It’s the one thing that is constant in all the best engineering innovations whether it be the World Wide Web or the Olympic Park. When working together and supporting each other engineers can build on the solid foundations of the past to create an exciting future.”

There are eight other shortlisted entries: Euan Fairholm from Edinburgh, Harry Cook from Clavering, Ashley Wharfe from Hemel Hempstead, James Rogers from Holbeton, Sarah Parsons from Rugby, Georgia Boulter from Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Joseph Waggott from Jarrow and Franz Gross from Liverpool.

All finalists are still in education with two entrants in their final year at school.

Competition judges, who are leading figures in design, engineering and science, will meet to select the winning design on 29 September, with the winner receiving £2,000 in prize money.

The public can also vote for their favourite design by visiting the QEPrize Facebook page.

The people’s vote will become the seventh judge in the competition and will contribute to the final decision made by the judges.

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