Young scribe’s success in writing contest

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A young writer from Shipston has won the District Final of the Rotary Club’s ‘Young Writers’ competition while coming second in the national finals.

Madeleine Thomas, 13, attends Shipston High School. The aspiring young writer impressed judges with her short story ‘Lighting Up Shipston!’, in which the talented scribe gave a highly imaginative account of her home town, and a breathtaking story which the judges felt was sophisticated beyond her years.

Madeleine received acknowledgement of her success in a whole school assembly on Monday when Mr Duncan Casselly, a representative of the Rotary Club came into school to present her with a certificate and prize. Madeleine’s English teacher, Adam Warren, said: “It is especially exciting to know that one of our super writers has been recognised for her fantastic literary skills. Who knows, I wouldn’t be surprised if Maddie went on to become a famous author - now that would be special!”

Headteacher, Jonathan Baker, added: ‘We were all delighted to hear of Maddie’s success and it is further proof, if more proof were needed, that we have some exceptionally talented students in the school, the equal, if not better, of any across the country. I would especially like to thank the Rotary Club for making valuable opportunities like this one available to young people.”