Emily Broughton of Ringwood School in Hampshire has won the 2017 Community Education Award for ‘short story of the year’.
Her fantastically creative entry, ‘Endangered’ follows a young boy, Oscar, as he tries to find his mum while saving an injured bird from someone, or something...
Students all over the country were challenged to write a sustainability focused story centred on characters from the children’s series ‘Barney & Echo’ or alternatively, characters aged 12 or less.
There were thousands of entries into the awards this year, with Emily’s category being shortlisted to around 500 top-tier pieces.
Ultimately Emily’s entry was judged to be the best and most creative piece of writing.
Fellow students, teachers and school staff all turned up for Emily’s presentation speech earlier this month.
Representatives from the community education awards and COSTA (who sponsor the awards) were there to present Emily with her certificate and trophy.
Jodi Wheatley, part of the COSTA Community team who chose Emily as the winner, explained that “Emily’s entry was fantastic. The opening captures attention instantly and sets the scene perfectly. The language used helps to develop Oscar’s character; it’s so clear that Emily has thought hard about how she is telling the story, and she really brings her main character to life. This is a very maturely written piece of writing, and Emily should be really proud of herself”.
Owen Parry, from the Community Education Awards added: “It was such a pleasure to get chance to read Emily’s story, if someone hadn’t of told me that it was written by a student, I’d have assumed that it was the work of an established author!”
According to Emily’s family, who attended the presentation, the trophy would be going “Pride of place” on the mantelpiece at home.