FORTY students have been showcasing their creative writing talents by taking part in a competition run by a local fund-raising group.
Some 40 Year Eight students from Churnet View Middle School and St Edwards C of E Academy, both in Leek, entered this year's Rotary Young Writer Competition.
Students had to write 500 words on the subject of 'What a difference that made to my life'.
The competition was judged by Rotarian Carole Hawthorne, who said: "The standard of entries was excellent with most treating the task as a piece of imaginative writing.
"I was particularly impressed with the accuracy of spelling, the correct use of punctuation and with the variety of sentence construction."
The top two entrants from both schools received a book token and all who took part received a certificate. The prizes and certificates were presented at special assemblies in both schools and a brief talk on the work of Leek Rotary Club was also given.
The winner from Churnet View was Elwyn Law and the runner-up was Alice Belfield.
The St Edwards winner was Alysee Lee-Orr and the runner-up was Benjamin Crawford.
Carol added: "The overall winner was Elwyn Law from Churnet View, whose entry goes forward to the National Rotary Young Writer Competition, which will be judged in the near future – we wish Elwyn good luck for this."
Rotarian Mick Readman added: "Congratulations to the winners and to all who took part and I would like to thank the teachers of both schools for their support of the event and for encouraging the large number of entrants."