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Students get creative with Leek Rotary Club competition

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 30, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Rotarian Carole Hawthorne, St Edward's Academy students Alysee Lee-Orr and Benjamin Crawford with Rotarian Mick Readman.

  • Rotarian Carole Hawthorne, Churnet View Middle School students Elwyn Law and Alice Belfield, with Rotarian Mick Readman.

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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.

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"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."

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