Record num­ber of en­tries for Ro­tary Club’s writ­ing con­test

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE -

A RECORD en­try of sto­ries for Shep­shed Charn­wood Ro­tary Club’s an­nual Young Writ­ers’ Com­pe­ti­tion gave the judges, Bill Wat­son and June Hutchin­son, a ma­jor chal­lenge to se­lect three award win­ners from each cat­e­gory.

Was it pos­si­ble that East Leake Acad­emy stu­dents could once again ar­range 26 let­ters into var­i­ous pat­terns which told sto­ries that spanned at least three gen­er­a­tions? Th­ese young peo­ple did ex­actly that, with flair and pas­sion.

Com­bined with the spon­sor­ship of an Au­thor’s Day to en­cour­age and guide the stu­dents in their en­deav­ours (this year it was award-win­ning chil­dren’s au­thor, Har­riet Goodwin) the club is proud to sup­port this an­nual event which goes from strength to strength.

At the re­cent awards cer­e­mony, Pres­i­dent Alan Darby con­grat­u­lated the stu­dents on their work and their courage to stand up in front of an au­di­ence and read their work.

Fur­ther thanks went to both judges and to the Acad­emy’s Prin­ci­pal, Kathy Hardy, and English teacher, Ste­fan Bul­li­vant, for their en­cour­age­ment and sup­port.

Round­ing off the evening Kathy Hardy thanked the mem­bers for their con­tin­ued sup­port for the com­pe­ti­tion and es­pe­cially for the spon­sor­ship of the Au­thor’s Day. She also praised all of the stu­dents that took part and looked for­ward to a con­tin­u­ing part­ner­ship with the club.

The win­ners in each cat­e­gory are: Seniors - Bradley Will­son, A Spe­cial Gift; Caitlin Heighton, Life on Ice; Ti­mothy Castle­ton; The Drake. Ju­niors - Alice Mc­Der­mott, Hopes and Dreams; Daniel Fair­bairn, A Story; Keira Wing, Lucky’s Great Es­cape.

Pic­tured, left to right, are Bill Wat­son (Pres­i­dent Elect), Ste­fan Bul­li­vant (English teacher), Bradley Will­son, Ti­mothy Castle­ton, Alice Mc­Der­mott, Alan Derby (Pres­i­dent), Daniel Fair­bairn, Kathy Hardy (Prin­ci­pal), and Keira Wing.

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