AN Ulverston sixth form student, who captured the emotion of Greek tragedy, has beaten hundreds of entries to win a prestigious education prize.

Ulverston Victoria High School Year 12 student, Katie Lee, came out a winner in the KS5 Category of Drama and Greek Tragedy, a national competition run by the University of Leeds.

Students across the country took part in the competition where they had to perform a dramatic, expressive reading from Euripides’ Heracles or Medea, being free to experiment and be creative with the way they performed their texts.

Following a rigorous selection process, carried out by the senior academics in the University of Leeds School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, the winners of each Key Stage category were announced last week.

The panel commended Katie’s acting abilities especially her wonderful sensitivity to the performance, not surprising considering she is studying both A-Level Drama and English Literature (alongside History) at UVHS, describing Katie’s entry as a ‘solid and moving performance’ adding that she ‘convincingly embodied the character with a real mix of wretchedness, guilt and failing heroic strength.’

Katie said: “I was both delighted surprised to find out that I had won. I only entered the competition at the very last minute and felt that I had limited time to prepare for my video performance, as the deadline was the end of that week.

"I actually found out I had won whilst I was in an assembly at school with the rest of the Sixth Form, and Leeds University announced the national winners through an online stream.

"I was over the moon and would like to thank my English Literature teacher, Mrs Wiper, for entering me and also the head of drama, Mr Vogler, for assisting me with the preparation of my performance.”