Berkhamsted girl beats thousands in international competition

13-year-old Kate Saunders with her awards and prize-winning peace poster at Thomas Coram School, Berkhamsted. Also in the photograph are Berkhamsted Lions, from left, Jane Cresswell, Peter Block and Alex Evans.
13-year-old Kate Saunders with her awards and prize-winning peace poster at Thomas Coram School, Berkhamsted. Also in the photograph are Berkhamsted Lions, from left, Jane Cresswell, Peter Block and Alex Evans.
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A SCHOOLGIRL’S bank balance has been given a bumper boost after she beat thousands to the finals of a poster competition.

Kate Saunders, 13, was one of just 23 international finalists to be given a merit for her entry to the Lions International Peace Poster competition.

On Wednesday, she was presented with her certificate in front of her peers by Berkhamsted Lions president Jane Cresswell.

She was among 125 international finalists out of 365,000 entries from around the globe and bagged $500 – around £310 – for her efforts.

She also won a further £100 for being the district winner and £100 for claiming the national top spot but has not decided how she will spend the cash.

Berkhamsted Lions vice-president Peter Block said: “It is the first time that we have got that far with a Berkhamsted entry. It is magnificent”

Kate’s art teacher at Berkhamsted’s Thomas Coram School, Graham Rhodes, said: “She has done exceptionally well and is a credit to the school.”