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Judges wowed by girls' "inspiring" campaign pitches

Published on 09/02/18

Inspiring, comprehensive, ambitious, articulate, eloquent and thoughtful ... these were just some of the words judges used to describe our students' campaign presentations at the Sharp Shotz final. 

We had six Year 9 girls representing OSB, who made up two groups 'Star Emotion' and 'More than One'. 

The girls addressed difficult issues such as sexual orientation discrimination and mental health - both of which are close to the hearts of our young campaigners. 

They presented their campaign pitches at the Colston Hall in front of a high profile panel of judges, which included journalists from the BBC and Bristol 247, a filmmaker from Calling the Shots, and head of fundraising at Unseen charity. 

The judges applauded Star Emotion - whose campaign wanted to tackle discrimination around sexual orientation - for their ambition and vision for how big they wanted to take their campaign, which included putting posters and messages up in the Bearpit and teaming up with local organisations such as mental health charity, Off the Record.

More than One, who wanted to raise awareness of mental health issues in young people among adults, were recognised for their passion and courage. The judges liked how their campaign would involve mentoring, and holding forums to discuss mental health issues.    

The girls were up against some tough competition and unfortunately missed out on winning the final, but they were encouraged by the judges to still pursue their campaigns. 

Teams MTO (Paige and Ellouise) and Star Emotion (Farihin, Azale, Christina and Rahma)