(This was published in the Newark Advertiser on 30th July 2010 as part of my work experience.)

A talented pupil won £3,000 for new school equipment and a class outing to the National Space Centre in Leicester last week.

Eight-year-old Noah Cadby of Flintham Primary School won first prize in a “Power Superheroes” art competition, organised by National Grid.

Project manager Mr Nigel Tansley said: “National Grid works hard to give something back to the communities in which we work, and to explain what we do, why we do it and how we can all use energy more efficiently.”

Primary schools over all of Nottinghamshire have won prizes totalling more than £6,000 for their schools in the energy-efficient painting competition run by National Grid.

Harry Hopkins, 10, and Ben Marshall, 11, from Langar Primary School secured second place winning £2,000 for school equipment and Molly Edwards, 8, from Kinoulton Primary School took third place winning £1,000 for her school.

The competition was arranged by National Grid as part of its work on a major refurbishment of the high-voltage electricity power line. The line runs overhead from Staythorpe in Nottinghamshire, through Leicester, to Grendon in Northamptonshire. Schools along the line were invited to take part in the competition.

Pupils were asked to paint their own Power Superhero, either a Princess Sparkle or Prince of Power, and had to invent and describe how their powers worked to save energy. Over 170 entries were received from pupils in years 1 to 6.

“Choosing the winners was a real challenge for the judges as there were so many excellent paintings and ideas about how energy could be saved,” said Mr Tansley. “There are some very talented young artists out there.”

National Grid engineers attended school assemblies to congratulate the winners and present them with special framed paintings to display in their schools. They also explained their jobs and encouraged pupils to think about engineering as a future career.

“Congratulations to the winning artists, and to their schools who will benefit from being able to purchase new equipment,” said Mr Tansley. “The art competition was a huge success. We were absolutely delighted.”