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Rotary Celebrates College Young Writers

Newton Abbot College students have recently been named as amongst some of the winners of the Rotary Club Young Writers Competition for the Newton Abbot local heat. 

Students were given the task of submitting a piece of fiction, non-fiction or poem, consisting of no more than 500 words on the theme of “Reflection”. Over 30 students from years 7-11 penned entries, with Year 9 student, Lindsey Hula being chosen to progress to the district competition. 

In recognition for the College’s effort in submitting so many entries, the Newton Abbot Rotary Club also awarded their own prizes.  Esther Scanlon, Chloe Fletcher, Lindsey Hula, Hannah Hughes and Joseph Ryder were all recognised for their incredible entries. 

L-R Chloe Fletcher, Jacqueline Bennet, Hannah Hughes and Lindsey Hula
L-R Chloe Fletcher, Jacqueline Bennet, Hannah Hughes and Lindsey Hula

The College was visited by Jacqueline Bennet, Chair of Newton Abbot Rotary Club’s Youth Group, to present the awards to the winning students. She said of her visit: “This is the first year that our Newton Abbot Rotary Club has run the Young Writers competition, which is one of a number of competitions organised by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) for young people. We had a wonderful response from Newton Abbot College with over 35 entries in the Senior and Intermediate categories on the theme of ‘Reflection’.  The standard was very high and our judges were particularly impressed with the sheer imagination, colour and emotion depicted in all the entries! We are very pleased that Newton Abbot College took part and hope that this will become a regular event with students in the town.”

Assistant Team Leader of the College’s English Department, Hannah Le Couilliard, was thrilled with the result: “The sheer number of entries submitted by our students is a real testament to the passion and commitment they have to the written form. Not only are we proud of every single student and their pieces, we are also privileged to be able to get involved in such a fantastic competition that supports writing for young people in the local community.”  

We had a wonderful response from Newton Abbot College with over 35 entries in the Senior and Intermediate categories on the theme of ‘Reflection’.  The standard was very high and our judges were particularly impressed with the sheer imagination, colour and emotion depicted in all the entries! 
Jacqueline Bennet, Newton Abbot College Rotary Club