Two students from the Cheddar Valley were each presented with a trophy and book token at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Mendip. Local young people had been challenged to enter the nationally wide Rotary competition in the local heat and write a story or a poem on the subject of ‘Our World is Beautiful’.
The winner in the Junior section was 10 year-old Ellen from Hugh Sexey C of E Middle School. Her story focused on the beauty of human friendship with a tale of a widow whose daughter and family emigrated following her son-in-law’s posting to Kuala Lumpur leaving her lonely and depressed and how a young girl who had moved in next door befriended her and helped her cope.
The Intermediate section was won by 13 year-old Niah, a student at Kings of Wessex Academy, whose story again focused on the beauty of the human spirit but this time focusing on putting others before oneself. It told the tale of a girl who risked her own life by staying with an abandoned young boy who was dying from a highly contagious disease.
Both entries will now go forward to the next stage to be pitted against other local winners across the District in the Rotary District Competition being held in April.
Rotarian Maggie Steel, who organised the competition said, “The standard of all the entries was very high, but the maturity shown by these two young people in their creative writing is quite amazing.”


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