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Year 12 student, Hillary Small, has won First Prize in a prestigious essay competition organised by Newnham College, Cambridge. The Newnham Essay Competition is open to female students currently in Year 12. The competition has been running for many years, but this was the first time the college held a competition with an Archaeology prize. Hillary, who is aiming to read Archaeology at University, won the top prize of £400 for her essay on “How and why was writing invented?”

As Hillary noted in the conclusion of her essay: “The invention of writing provided perhaps the most useful tool in human history. Its uses go beyond its practical employments in agriculture and administration. Writing represents humanity’s first attempt to create a legacy, narrate its history, and spread ideas.” Dr Lawell, Latin teacher who suggested Hillary enter the competition, commented: “It is extremely pleasing to see students extending their knowledge beyond the curriculum. Hillary has a passion for the ancient world and her essay shows great insight of thought as well as a mature writing style.”

Hillary received her certificate and prize at an online prizegiving ceremony hosted by Newnham College.

Further details of the competition can be found here.

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