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Barack better at baskets, admits Jesse

Revd Jesse Jackson
Revd Jesse Jackson - no match for Obama at basketball

Seven schools have joined forces to report from the Lewisham City Learning Centre in London, with the Rev Jesse Jackson the star attraction.

Catford High School, placed in charge of "breaking news" for the day, snagged an exclusive interview with the US civil rights activist.

"We asked him about how Martin Luther King Jr inspired him, and he told us he was inspired by the way Luther King made his speeches and the way he encouraged people," said Year 8 school reporter Lisandra.

Fellow student Kira, who interviewed Mr Jackson alongside Lisandra, added: "We asked him if he'd ever been to Lewisham, and which football team he supports?

"He said if he answered the football question he would get in trouble, but he did tell us he likes chicken and rice."

'More active'

However, the big question focused on Mr Jackson's relationship with US President Barack Obama - specifically, their basketball skills.

"We asked him who would win in a basketball tournament - him or Barack Obama," said Lisandra.

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"He said Barack Obama would beat him, because he's younger and more active."

Alongside Catford High School, Prendergast Hilly Fields College took care of entertainment news, and Prendergast Ladywell Fields College reported on sport.

Greenvale School produced an article on school elections, Pendragon School reported on their artist-in-residence, Bonus Pastor School made a weather forecast and a report on knife crime, and Deptford Green School reported on their dyslexia unit.


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