7th March 2020 — Katherine Baker, a Y12 student at Bolton School Girls’ Division, has been awarded second place in the national Lytham St Anne's CA Classics Competition 2020. Entrants aged 11-19 from across the country had earlier submitted a 10-15 minute presentation answering the question: “Which three characters would you invite to a dinner party?” Presentations were then posted to YouTube and judged by the Lytham St Anne’s Classical Association, who organise the annual event. The Association selected four finalists and invited them to deliver their presentations to the Classical Association members in a Grand Final at AKS School, Lytham St Anne’s.
Katherine, who is a keen student and wants to study Classics at university, entitled her entry ‘My Dinner Party Guests: The Profane, The Witty and The Sacred’. Her three characters were the emperor Caligula, Roman statesman and orator Cicero, and the goddess Artemis.
She delivered her presentation to a 100-strong audience and in front of judge Dr Arlene Henderson-Holmes of King’s College London. Katherine’s entry was commended with the judge saying: ‘Well done for what was a really interesting and engaging presentation.’ Her Classics teacher Mrs Ball said: ‘She did incredibly well and her speech was amazing’. In finishing second, Katherine received £100 prize money. In the final she was up against 3 other competitors, including last year’s winner. The judge commented that Katherine had chosen Cicero for his ‘banter’ but she “loved Katherine’s banter” and said that she had enjoyed Katherine’s quips and was impressed with some of the insightful questions Katherine posed. She also felt that Katherine did a great job of making the choices she had made personal to her.