Year 9 Student Selected as Finalist in World Class Schools Quality Mark Essay Writing Competition.

Year 9 finalistCongratulations to talented Year 9 student Eide Kenningham Smith who has been selected as one of the top ten UK finalists in the recent World Class Schools Essay Competition. Edie and members of her English class were asked to write an essay of up to 1,500 words in response to the question “Churchill said, ‘Democracy is the worst form of government, except for others.’ How would you improve the democratic system in this country?”
Mrs Hall, Associate Curriculum Leader for English, was asked to submit three entries and send them to the world class school organisation for consideration. She said on Edie’s entry ‘I thought Edie’s essay displayed great passion and a wide range of political and world knowledge, which was both impressive and mature. It was clear that she genuinely cared about the issues which were raised in her well developed and articulate essay.’
On Wednesday 1st November, the news of her literary success via an email to Mrs Hall was received. Edie’s response to the announcement was one of total shock followed by joy she said ‘ I did not think my essay would be good enough, the news made me feel so happy and so accomplished!’ She went on to say ‘It helps coming from a political family who encourage me to form my own political views and I enjoy writing essays’.
The Judges at Sir Jonathan North Community College said, ‘We were hugely impressed by the quality of the entries. They were an absolute pleasure to read and choosing between them was challenging. We certainly feel that all of the students who participated should be proud of what they have written; if they are producing thoughtful, erudite and well-argued essays of this quality now, they are young people to look out for in the future!’

The UK finalists will meet up at Cambridge University this December, when the overall winner of the competition will be decided. Mrs Hall would also like to highly commend Year 9 students Molly Johnston and Abby Cowan who were also selected by her for submission to the WCSQM. She said their essays were equally impressive in terms of the level of passion, detail and hard work put into them. Well done ladies, World Class indeed!

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