Dundee Schools Comics Contest winner is in the Evening Telegraph

This is the cartoon by 10-year-old Kenneth Rattray, who won a Dundee schools competition supported by the Evening Telegraph.

Elementary school student Craigowl’s tale Hover Lord (Stranger Danger) won him top spot – and his illustrated story is featured in today’s Tele.

(Stranger Danger) Kenneth Rattray’s Hover Lord was the winner.

In second place was this comic by Yasseen Gaddo from Barnhill Primary School.

George's Great Escape by Yasseen Gaddo.
George’s Great Escape by Yasseen Gaddo.
Yaseen received her award at her school, Barnhill.
Yasseen received his award at his school, Barnhill. Picture provided.

And in third place, a joint effort of Astyn and Seren, students from Fintry Primary School

The entry of Astyn and Seren.
Astyn and Seren, from Fintry Primary School, also received goodie bag prizes. Picture provided.

Elementary school students across the city were challenged to create an illustrated story with a health and safety message.

As well as seeing his creation printed in the Tele, Kenneth won £1,000 from MVV Environment for his school, a comic book subscription and a goody bag containing other prizes.

Drawing on Dundee’s rich comedic heritage, the competition was organized by RAiSE (the Raising Aspirations in Science Education schools programme), MVV Environment Baldovie and the health and safety education project LOcHER.

Sarah Hynie Klemen, a senior science development manager for RAiSE in Dundee, led the event.

Sarah Hynie Klemen presented Kenneth with her prize package
Sarah Hynie Klemen presented Kenneth with her prize package. Photo by Gareth Jennings/DCT Media.

She said: “I have been amazed by the talent and creativity of young people in Dundee.

“We’re a city known for innovation and comic book design, so it was great to see that legacy come to life through the work of our youngest citizens.

“It was an amazing opportunity for them to connect science, real-life scenarios, and their creative and artistic skills.”

Entries were judged by a judging panel made up of representatives from DC Thomson, Dundee City Council and Developing the Young Workforce.

Dundee prides itself on its culture and creativity – it looks like we’re in good hands. »

Dave Lord, Editor of the Evening Telegraph

Dave Lord, Editor of the Evening Telegraph, said: ‘When this competition was launched we knew there would be some very high quality entries.

“Whenever local kids are invited to show us how creative they can be, they take on the challenge, but I was absolutely blown away by the quality of the work produced.

“Comics are a great way to get a message across.

“Yeah, they’re a lot of fun, but they also speak to people in a completely different way than any other medium.

“The winning strips – and by the way, picking the winners hasn’t been easy – strike an absolutely perfect balance.

“They are bright, colorful and engaging, but also empowering and meaningful.

“I can’t say enough praise for everyone who participated in this challenge and once again congratulations to everyone involved.

“Of course I must give a special mention to Kenneth from Craigowl whose brilliant work won first place.

“Dundee prides itself on its culture and its creativity – it looks like we are in good hands.”

The best of the rest

Here are the comics of the other finalists:

Millie A, P5b, Fintry Primary School.
Nathan Davidson and Liam Jamieson, P5, Forthill Primary School.
Lacey, P5b, Fintry Primary School.
Emily, P5b, Fintry Primary School.
Olly Dammer, P5, Craigowl Primary School.
Imogen Gallacher, P7, Barnhill Primary School.
Jakub Lepper and Shane Van Der Sandt, P5, Craigowl Primary School.
Hartley, P5a, Fintry Primary School.
Annabel Hutton, P7, Barnhill Primary School.
Charlotte Tindall, P5, Forthill Primary School.
Aela and Drew, P5a, Fintry Primary School.
Dougray Low and Leask Mackie, P5, Forthill Primary School.

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