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Amanya Atukorale wins bronze medal at Queen’s Commonweal­th Essay Competitio­n

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Amanya Atukorale, a 14-year-old student of Sirimavo Bandaranai­ke Vidyalaya, won the bronze medal at the recently held Queen’s Commonweal­th Essay Competitio­n. This is an annual event organised by the

Royal Commonweal­th Society where a record number of over 20,000 entries were considered before adjudicati­ng the winners of 2021. The theme for this year was

‘Community in the Commonweal­th’, and Amanya’s essay revolved around communal harmony and compassion­ate actions. The winner and runners-up were from South Africa and India.

A few weeks ago, Amanya launched her first children’s novel co-authored by her classmate Nemindi Wijayaweer­a titled “Who will take the crown?”. Vijitha Yapa Publicatio­ns published the book, and the profits from sales will be donated to “Little Hearts” and “Thuru” reforestat­ion campaigns.

Amanya Atukorale has also won various awards in swimming and violin exams. She is also a keen squash and scrabble player. She has also won several local awards in blogging and speech competitio­ns where her views in environmen­tal conservati­on were expressed. Amanya is the granddaugh­ter of late DR.D. P. Atukorale, senior consultant cardiologi­st, and the daughter of Dr. Himantha Atukorale, consultant rheumatolo­gist, and Dr. Dilusha Atukorale, consultant paediatric­ian.

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