Festival piece helps student scoop prize

Ellie Colledge (centre) receives her award
Ellie Colledge (centre) receives her award

A written celebration of the forthcoming Rugby World Cup helped a student scoop a writing prize.

Ellie Colledge, who is in Year 10 at the Avon Valley School and Performing College, won the town heat of the Rotary International Britain and Ireland Young Writers’ Competition and was presented with a certificate and £25 cheque.

Ellie submitted a piece about the forthcoming Rugby Festival – an event which celebrates the Rugby World Cup which this year is being hosted in the UK.

The theme for entrants was ‘Light up the Community’.

Kshama Shore, a governor at Avon Valley School and a Rotarian belonging to the Rugby Saturday Breakfast Club, said: “The Rotary judges were unanimous in selecting Ellie’s entry as the winner.

“She used her writing skills well in constructing the article and brought it to life with her imagination of what could be done.

“Her thoughts were well marshalled and she engaged our interest with her enthusiasm for the subject.

“ This event will surely light up our community, in Rugby, at a local level and around the UK.

“There was strong competition and Ellie should be proud of winning this local heat. She has been entered into the next stage which is the district competition, if successful she will be entered to the national final.”

Head teacher Alison Davies said “I am very pleased Ellie’s talent for writing has been recognised.

“I wish her all the best for the next round of the competition.”

The Rotary Club hosts a number of annual creative competitions for students.