A TEENAGER used the power of social media to get her favourite drink back on her school menu – and received a £1,000 cash prize.
Mbire Roberts, a pupil at St Edmund’s Catholic School, entered a competition on Facebook by the fruit drink Suso.
The 14-year-old had to set out why she loved the drink, to be in with a chance of winning the £1,000 for sponsorship an activity of her choice and £5,000 for her school.
In her video, she explained why she loved Suso and said she wanted it back on sale at the school’s canteen.
It had been taken off the school menu as the canteen manager decided to change what was on offer.
Mbire also posted the video on her Facebook where fellow pupils and teachers saw it.
The film so impressed the Suso judges that she took the top prize.
She said: ‘I found out that I won in my school’s celebration assembly so it was such a shock to win. I was so happy.
‘My friends didn’t know that I’d won either so it was a shock to them when my name was called out.’
The Student Council member entered the competition after a trip to the Houses of Parliament, which inspired her to take on the decision to axe the drink.
St Edmund’s induction learning mentor Karen Scriven said: ‘It was then that she decided to get the drink back into our school and use what she learned from the visit to parliament.’
She got the support of pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11 as they remember the drink when it used to be at our school.’
After getting hundreds of signatures from other students she presented the petition to the canteen manager to persuade them to have the drink bought back. The win means the school can buy some much-needed sports equipment that will benefit Mbire’s love of netball.
‘With the Student Council we have decided to buy goalposts for outside so that we can play football as well as getting lines repainted on our pitch,’ said Mrs Scriven.