Competition winners Chloe Gorman,
Reuben Steenson, Sarah Guinn and Adam Boucher at the
award ceremony for the You can Change your World
Competition with Caroline Johnson from Lisnagarvey
High School, Lisburn Mayor Councillor Trevor Lunn,
Paula Smith from Friends' School and Mrs Elizabeth
Dickson, Principal of Friends'.
'IF You Need Support -You Have to Report'
- that's the message from Friends' pupil Reuben Steenson who
recently won first place in a local competition to design a logo
and catchphrase to help people report crimes against people from
foreign nationalities and to be better neighbours.
14-year-old Reuben was presented with his
prize at an award ceremony in the Civic Centre. Lisburn Mayor,
Councillor Trevor Lunn, presented cash prizes to Reuben, as well
as Friends' pupil Sarah Quinn who finished second and Chloe
Gorman from Lisnagarvey and Adam Boucher from Friends who were
Reuben described his design as being
"composed of many different eye, skin and hair colours,
representing diversity and the fact they all form one face shows
that they are all part of the same community. The question mark
presents a challenge to do the right thing...report crime."
design incorporated the logo, "If you need support, you have to
report" and he had the opportunity to spend half a day working
on the finished artwork with top specialist team McCadden
Reuben said, "The whole idea was about
community safety and the need to protect others, I used
different parts from different people to represent this.
"It was really good fun spending time with
the design team, they kept loads of my ideas which was good.
I'll be reallyleased to see the poster up when it's finished,
I'll be able to say 'that's mine'."
"I really enjoyed the design side of things
and I think that is something I would like to do,' Reuben
At the presentation the Mayor spoke of the
value of young people offering their ideas and actively
promoting ways of keeping Lisburn a safer place.
Lisburn City Community Safety Partnership
Co-ordinator Laurence Kerr thanked and praised all 70 entrants
who submitted an excellent range of thought provoking designs
and spoke of the partnership's desire to work with more schools
in this way.
Chief Superintendent Mark Gilmore said h� was
extremely impressed with the thoughts and ideas of the young
people as it showed their understanding of the issues
surrounding the reporting and prevention of crime.
In the new year, LCCSP and partner agencies
aim to have Reuben's winning design displayed throughout Lisburn
on outdoor screens and adshells.