How do you make young people media savvy? This was the topic of the final thesis of Pedagogy student Forentine Knulst. With her research and the accompanying teaching materials, she won the HZ Stern 2021-2022.

The HZ Stern is an annual award for the best graduation work at the HZ University of Applied Sciences. The prestigious prize was awarded on Tuesday, 6 December, in the HZ Café on Edisonweg.

This year, the HZ Stern jury was able to choose a winner from seven nominees. "Forentine Knulst has taken a very topical and relevant subject head on with her research on sexting, grooming and cyberbullying among vulnerable young people," says jury chairman Teunis de Weerd. "She conducted this research at Calvijn College in Krabbendijke. She elaborated it in a very clear and well-researched way."

Forentine's thesis is called 'Become media savvy!' She received a cheque for 1,000 euros and a bronze statue of a tern designed by artist Hetty Heyster. The other nominees were awarded 500 euros.


Ingrid van Huffelen from the part-time HBO Nursing programme, Tobias Zenner from Technical Business Administration, Jesse Bank from the Commercial Economics programme, International Business student Ana Pandurevic, Henk Wagenaar who graduated from the Delta Management programme and Cas Kluiters from the Maritime Officer programme were the six other nominees.

In this video, the other six nominated students explain what topic they cover in their thesis.

On Tuesday, the presentation of the HZ Stern was combined with the presentation of HZ Honours students. These students received a certificate for following an in-depth programme at home or abroad, in addition to their studies.