Three excited writing competition winners received their prizes today from Colchester’s Mayor, Councillor John Elliot, at the Gazette offices in Colchester.
The writing competition run jointly by WRITE WAI PR & COPYWRITING SERVICES and TUTOR DOCTOR COLCHESTER NORTH, in conjunction with the Gazette, attracted numerous high quality entries from across North Colchester and Suffolk.
First place winner was Erin Smith of Thurstable School, 14, who was awarded a Kindle Fire and her school was given £100 of vouchers for Amazon. Bethany Hollis, 13, of the Colne Community School, came second and received £50 and third prize of £25 of vouchers was given to William Cox of Colchester High School.
The three winners and their parents enjoyed a tour of the Gazette offices which was part of their prize and sat in a two News Conference.
‘The standard of entries was high, but the winners stood out because or their originality, their research and use of language,’ said Sally Anderson-Wai Director of WRITE WAI, who had the difficult job of judging the competition along with and James Cracknell of TUTOR DOCTOR.
Sally added:’I was inspired to become a journalist after winning a prize in a national magazine as a teenager and I hope Erin’s, Bethany’s and William’s success will encourage them to continue their journalism career.’
Their winning entries and a photograph of the prizegiving will be published in the Gazette.