A BOY from Sonning Common has won a competition to design an anti-bullying poster.
Zak Avery, 13, who is a member of Club SC, used a graffiti-style design, using the phrase “We’re better without bullying”, which had to be included.
He beat competition from members of seven other youth clubs in Oxfordshire to win the top prize of a ten pin bowling trip with 10 friends. The competition was judged by other youngsters.
Zak, who is a pupil at Chiltern Edge School, said: “I’ve not won anything before but art is probably my best subject. When I leave school I would like to do something with graphic design or art.”
He was presented with his prize by Val Craft, of the Oxfordshire Association for Young People, which organised the contest for its affiliated youth clubs to raise awareness of the issue of bullying.
Graphic designer Ryan Howe visited Zak’s school to help him turn the poster into a print so it can be distributed to all the affiliated clubs.
Becky Jenkins, who runs Club SC, said: “It’s a real achievement for Zak and the club. We’re really proud of his win.”
Mrs Craft said: “It was great to be able to offer Zak the chance to meet a graphic designer and to give him some ideas on how he might turn art into a career.”
Zak has also been also nominated in the Oxfordshire Youth Awards, which will be announced on February 21.