Digital design guru student rises above the competition

Katarzyna Pazik, 15, (fifth from left) Aylesbury High School pupil who won design competition
Katarzyna Pazik, 15, (fifth from left) Aylesbury High School pupil who won design competition
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A high-flying Aylesbury High School pupil has received the top honour in a digital design competition.

Katarzyna Pazik, 15, was tasked with conceiving and designing a digital brand image for use in a full marketing and 
advertising campaign.

Her entry was judged to be the best of more than 400 in the competition, run by human resources firm Advanced Resource Managers, and was honoured at a ceremony held at Aston Martin HQ, in Gaydon Warwickshire.

Katarzyna said: “Entering the competition provided me with an excellent opportunity to broaden my horizons.

“The award ceremony at Aston Martin was truly inspirational and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.”

To recognise her success, Katarzyna will receive an Apple iPad with cover and pen, pre-loaded with a design software package, a work placement at Advanced Resource Managers and help in producing a professional CV. Her class at school will also receive free skills training.

The competition aimed to highlight the impact of greater involvement from businesses in preparing young people for work.

Lynda Ennis, Advanced Resource Managers International’s managing director, said: “We are certain that the schools and pupils have learned a great deal about what it’s really like to work to a brief in a competitive commercial environment and that businesses can see how they can be involved directly in helping to prepare young people for the workplace by giving them experience they otherwise wouldn’t get.

“Hopefully we can help reduce the number of young people that are knocked back by the no experience, no job cycle.”