GRYFFE VALLEY ROTARY WINNERS IN WEST OF SCOTLAND AND GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND YOUNG WRITER COMPETITIONS
- hundreds of local children participated!
YOUNG WRITER is one of several annual competitions organised in three stages, Club, District and National - open to all Rotary Clubs in Great Britain and Ireland. This year’s theme was ENVIRONMENT and pupils were challenged to write up to 550 words of prose or up to 40 lines of poetry, fact or fiction.
Six schools in the Gryffe Valley Rotary area took up the challenge, some as a class exercise, others as an extra-curricular activity. We can’t be sure how many pupils this involved, but we estimate around 500 - there were 250 in Bridge of Weir alone! To avoid overwhelming the three Gryffe Valley judges, schools were invited to enter up to six of their best works in each of the three age groups - we received 44. The judges assessed them, picking out prizewinners in each school, then overall winners who progressed to the District 1230 (West of Scotland) Final.
In the District event we had two winners, Lana from Bridge of Weir Primary in the Juniors and Jennifer from Gryffe High, in the Seniors. We also had two runners-up, Holly, from Houston Primary in the Intermediate category and Eilidh from Bridge of Weir Primary in the Junior category. Lana and Jennifer progressed to the RGB&I Final where Lana was picked out as the winner of the Juniors - a remarkable achievement when considering how many pupils must have been involved all over the UK and Ireland.
The National Final was sponsored by Matthew James Publishing and Kenilworth Books.
Congratulations to Lana, Jennifer, Holly and Eilidh .... and especially to Lana who is our first National Champion in this event.
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