Record number of entries for Rotary Club’s writing contest
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.