TWO talented teenagers beat the opposition to take the top slots in a design competition.
Becky Hissett and Harianne Errington, textile students at Hetton School, beat more than 250 hopefuls from across the country to take first and second place in the national Technical Textile Competition 2011.
The competition was run by the Industrial Trust and supported by the Drapers’ Company.
It aimed to encouraging young people to show their ingenuity and creativity with modern day textiles.
Teacher Lucy Blackie said the school was thrilled when the two 16-year-olds, who are studying textiles at GCSE in Year 11, were chosen as finalists and got the chance to go to London for the finals.
She said it was brilliant when Becky took first place with her design for a laptop case and Harianne took the second place for her phone cover design.
Ms Blackie said both girls chose to use the same shock absorber material, D30, which changes from flexible to solid on impact, for their designs, which really impressed the judges.
She said: “We are thrilled for both the girls, and the whole school is really, really proud of them.
“Just for them to get into the final was amazing, but for both of them to be winners was fantastic.”
Ms Blackie said the idea behind the competition was to introduce the next generation of textile workers to the most up-to-date fabrics and materials.
She added: “If the young people get used to modern materials now, then they will be able to work easily with them when they go into the workplace.”
As well as a trophy, Becky won £500, which she is going to use to buy a new laptop, and an activity day of her choice. Harianne won a laptop case.