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Sheffield Girls' student thrives in Lytham St Anne’s Classical Association’s ‘Ancient Worlds’ competition

Year 12 student Olivia demonstrated her passion for the classical world recently as she took part in the prestigious Lytham St Anne’s Classical Association’s ‘Ancient Worlds’ competition. Olivia secured second place in both the judge’s choice and people’s choice award categories at the Grand Final on 27th April. 

The competition, which drew participants from across the region, began with entrants submitting video pitches for documentary ideas centred around the classical world. Olivia's presentation on ‘Roman Coinage in the Age of the Emperors’ immediately captured attention, earning her a well-deserved spot among the final.

Olivia’s enthusiasm and expertise were not only recognized by her peers and judges but also garnered praise from esteemed guest judge Professor Michael Scott. Scott, a renowned Classics expert and distinguished broadcaster and documentary presenter, is president of the Lytham St Anne’s Classical Association, and commended Olivia's 15-minute presentation for its quality, delivery, and insightful exploration of Roman coins as potent propaganda tools.

Beyond her success in the competition, Olivia had the privilege of engaging with Professor Scott's wealth of knowledge firsthand. She attended his annual Presidential Lecture on Themistocles, an ancient Athenian politician, gaining valuable insights into classical history. Additionally, Olivia had the unique opportunity to immerse herself in a virtual reality experience, courtesy of the Bristol University Classics department, exploring the wonders of visiting an ancient oracle.

Olivia's achievement reflects not only her academic talent but also her dedication to exploring and sharing the richness of ancient civilizations. Her outstanding performance in the competition serves as a testament to her intellectual curiosity and scholarly aptitude.

Congratulations Olivia! 

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