A STUDENT who produced an educational video about 9/11 has won the trip of a lifetime to New York.
Ayse Akgol, from Carr Hill High School, Kirkham, has been praised for the five-minute film she made about Muslims image in society, and has won a trip to the city to visit the 9/11 memorial site.
Ayse’s film looks at how the perception of Muslims has changed since the terror attack on the Twin Towers in 2001.
The Year Ten student beat 350 entrants to be awarded second place in the competition run by the educational charity The 9/11 London Project.
She said: “It’s absolutely amazing that I’m going to New York.
“I never thought I would actually win, it just shows that you just need to work hard and try your best to do well.”
Ayse’s film answers the question ‘How did 9/11 change the world?’. It highlights the stereotypical perceptions that people have of Muslims.
The Kirkham student will join five others on the trip to New York next September, to mark the 12th anniversary of the terror attacks.
Ayse said she looks forward to meeting with people affected by the events of 9/11, to hear their stories
She added: “I’m most excited about seeing the 9/11 memorial.”
As well as the New York trip Ayse has been awarded £100 for the trip.
The competition was judged by an expert panel including BBC reporter John Simpson, film director David Puttnam, and Carr Hill’s headteacher Mr Earnshaw, who is the North of England director for the 9/11 London Project charity.
Mr Earnshaw said: “Ayse’s entry scored very highly in all categories, it’s really powerful.
“All the judges agreed that her entry deserved to be a prize winner.
“This will be a once in-a-life-time experience for Ayse and she’s really put Carr Hill on the map. I’m really pleased for her, she thoroughly deserves her prize.”
The 9/11 London Project’s mission is to develop an educational programme for schools to ensure understanding of the devastating events of September 11, 2001.