A GROUP of teenagers beat thousands of students from across the UK to win a social enterprise competition.
Zoe Reid, Eleni Rochat, India Lewis and Jess McGrath, all 13-years-old, won the prize for the most innovative entry with their comedy act at the finals of the Wings of Hope Achievement Awards (WOHAA) in May.
The Hammersmith-based Latymer Upper School students organised a comedy event using professional comedians and fellow pupils while keeping the children's charity's core value of empowering through education, at the heart of their acts.
Under the name, Team Congeniality, the girls managed to raise over £2,000 after organising the event entirely by themselves by meeting up with agents, professional comedians and members of staff to ensure they beat over 10,000 student participants to grab a prize.
Kris Spencer, head teacher of Latymer Upper School middle school, said: “We can sometimes forget just how important it is to celebrate our achievements. WOHAA have developed a process where the young charity organisers are supported, and trained in some cases, throughout the process. Communication is very good and the level of celebration and reward appropriate are carefully judged. I have no doubt that our girls had a great time organising the event but they also learned a tremendous amount.”