Elisabeth Helmin wins innovation prize for undercroft design
Elisabeth Helmin (Nugent 2019-20) has been awarded the Arnold Embellishers’ Wettern Prize for Innovation in recognition of her exceptional presentation of ideas for enhancing the Undercroft of the new Winn Building.
The Wettern Prize is awarded when a pupil makes a practical, well-thought-out suggestion which the Arnold Embellishers and the Headmaster feel could improve the campus significantly.
Elisabeth, who is from the USA, attended the College on the prestigious ESU Secondary Exchange programme. She researched, modelled and presented ideas to make more exciting use of the thoroughfare to the dining hall and science block. Her design involves a corner stage, a retractable screen, an aquaponic garden and inventive seating.
The presentation formed Elisabeth’s Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) for which she was awarded an A*. The EPQ is an extra A-level standard piece of study which is now taken by a large number of sixth formers as part of their university applications and to provide extra academic stimulus on a topic they want to research. Elisabeth is now studying landscape architecture at the University of Connecticut and wants to specialise in the education and outdoor public spaces sector.
The Arnold Embellishers is a group of current and past parents, pupils, staff and friends of the College who support projects to enhance the school which might not otherwise be undertaken. It is hoped that elements of Elisabeth’s project can be funded by the Embellishers and implemented shortly.