Talented students, Emilia Luker and Emilia Wills have both secured first places in the inaugural Planet Plymouth Writing Competition organised by the University of Plymouth.
Following College-based Drama lessons that explored environmental concerns and issues such as plastic pollution, students were encouraged to enter the competition and submit work in one of the featured categories of poetry, essay writing or a short story.
The national competition was judged by a panel of final-year Plymouth University English undergraduate students and the novelist Ben Smith.
Emilia Luker was awarded first prize in the poetry section, with Emilia Wills securing the top spot in the essay writing category. Both students each received £150 of Amazon vouchers.
The students were thrilled with their wins: “I am completely speechless to have won” Year 8 Emilia Wills said “Through our Drama lessons, I realised what has been happening in the world; animals are dying full of plastic and it is very important that we do something about it now, so that the next generation can enjoy our world.” “It feels amazing to have won” said Emilia Luker, Year 9 “It is really important to do something about the environmental issues we face; we are going to inherit this world and we need to make sure it survives. The more knowledge I get through school makes me want to do more for the environment.”
Subject Team Leader of Drama, Sharon Godfrey, said: “I am delighted that our students at Newton Abbot College engage so fully in pivotal global issues and are deeply passionate about the environment and the world we all live in. Both girls wrote from their hearts to inspire change and wholeheartedly deserve the recognition and acknowledgement of their creative talents. I am very proud of them and their commitment to encourage us to work together to make that change happen for a cleaner and more sustainable world.”