JohnThom presentation to Sienna Lakin.

Sienna Lakin of St Teresa’s School, Dorking, has won the National Final of Rotary’s Young Writer competition, at Senior level for 14 to 17 year olds.

Sienna wins Rotary’s National ‘Young Writer’ Competition!

Click here to read Sienna's Winning entry

Sienna Lakin of St Teresa’s School, Dorking, has won the National Final of Rotary’s Young Writer competition, at Senior level for 14 to 17 year olds.   The task set was to write approx. 500 words on the theme ‘A Different Perspective’, interpreting this topic as they chose.  

Sienna centred her thoughts on what is ‘perfect’ and the thousand perspectives of what could be considered perfect, and argued that we do not all need to feel ‘perfect ‘to feel worth or self-value.  She used the example of her younger sister who was born with Downs Syndrome, arguing that this genetic imperfection does not make her any less perfect in Sienna’s eyes.  After a movingly descriptive and compelling argument which the judges described as ‘beautiful imagery’, she ended by saying: ‘let’s stop ourselves from making comments that leave anyone feeling imperfect: let’s learn to find a new and different perspective: let’s redefine perfect’.

In Dorking Rotary Club’s competition, we received over 140 entries from students at four schools, and chose several winners and runners-up to whom we awarded certificates.  The winners went on to our District, covering those clubs that entered the competition from Surrey, Sussex and South Greater London.  Sienna (age 15) won the District trophy for Seniors (age range 14-17), and so progressed to the Nationals, of course winning again.

(The photograph shows John Thom, who organised the Dorking competition, presenting the two trophies, plus vouchers and a cheque, in the St Teresa’s School reception.  There is a link to Sienna’s complete entry, with permission to publish.)

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