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The Rotary Club of Alton organised, as part of a Nationwide Rotary Young Writers competition, the local round for schools in the Alton Area.

Four schools took part: St Lawrence CE Alton, Andrews Endowed CE Holybourne, Wootey Junior Alton and Selborne CE Primary.

From all the contributions received, the top 3 from each school were submitted to a panel of judges led by local author Valerie Wilding (My Story: Road to War) supported by former English teacher Sandra Crocker and Martin Korda, writer of the best-selling video game FIFA 17 “The Journey”.

Submissions were judged in early March and a special awards tea party for pupils, parents and teachers was arranged by Alton Rotary Club at the Alton House Hotel on Thursday 9th March 2017.


After enjoying the food and drinks the presentation to prize winners was made by Valerie Wilding.

From each school a first, second and third prize of a certificate and a book token was awarded. Valerie made complimentary comments on the quality of the writing and imagination shown in the submissions.  She invited pupils to read their texts, a few bravely did and Valerie read for those who were a little shy in front of some 50 people.

The overall winner was Olivia Ponsonby of Andrews Endowed CE School and she will now go forward to the District Competition of Rotary to decide who represents Hampshire and the IOW at the National Final.

The list of prize winners is:

St Lawrence:  1. Kayden Veck   2. Mae Woolman   3.  Emma Whitty.

Andrews Endowed Holybourne:  1. Olivia Ponsonby   2. Archie Dale  

 3. Isla Stevens

Wootey Junior: 1. Katie Anna McLoughlin   2. Samuel Cain  

 3. Karl Beavis

Selborne Primary.1. Isabel Sumner   2. Anya Fuller  3. Eric Rye Lees

Alton Rotary President Keith Arrowsmith-Oliver thanked all the participants in the competition and also the judges, Valerie Wilding, Sandra Crocker and Martin Korda.

Rotarian Peter Johnson was also thanked as the principal organiser of the whole event.

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