Congratulations to Worcester Sixth Form College A Level student, Mia Stevens, who has been presented with the Worcester Civic Society’s Professor Michael Clarke Award for the Best Extended Project. Mia’s exemplary project focused on the extent to which Henrik Ibsen challenges 19th-century Women’s roles in his plays “A Doll’s House” and “Hedda Gabler”, looking specifically at how he portrays female stereotypes and how his female protagonists address the challenges of a 19th- century patriarchy.
Mia, a former Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College student, has just finished her A Level exams in English Literature, Modern History and Textiles. She also participated in the College’s Ambition Programme. She said: “I chose this project as I was able to draw on my A levels in English Literature and Modern History and combine them with my interest in theatre to create a project on one of my favourite dramatists, Henrik Ibsen, whose plays speak messages that are just as important now as they were over 100 years ago.”
When asked how she felt about being chosen to receive the Award, Mia said: “I feel honoured to be chosen as the winner as I thoroughly enjoyed working on this project and it’s lovely to be rewarded for something that I’m so enthusiastic about.”
Taryn Bradley, Mia’s EPQ Supervisor, said: “Mia’s Extended Project was exceptional, showing her passion for the study of literature and particular the work Henrik Ibsen. She offered a perceptive and persuasive assessment of whether Ibsen’s work challenged 19th century views of the female role.”
Dr Matt Hall, Extended Projects Co-ordinator, said: “’Mia undertook a challenging and wide ranging Extended Project that combined aspects of her studies in A Level English Literature and Modern History. In doing so, she demonstrated what outstanding students can do when they are engaged and enthused by their subjects and staff. Working with Mia was a genuine pleasure for the EPQ team and we’re immensely proud of her achievement.”
Phil Douce, Chairman of the Worcester Civic Society, said: “The Worcester Civic Society would like to congratulate Mia Stevens on winning the Michael Clarke Award for the Best Extended Project for 2019. The Society would also like to thank Dr Matt Hall (EPQ Co-ordinator) and Taryn Bradley, Mia’s EPQ tutor, for all the work they have done in assisting us to make this award possible. We hope this will continue to be an annual event.”