Air Marshal Sir Michael Simmons (DB 1950-55), one of the architects of the Richard Hillary Essay Medal Competition in memory of RAF fighter pilot and author of The Last Enemy, Richard Hillary (Ch 1931-37), visited the School last month to meet this year’s winner, Anna Cowan (MSH), and the two runners-up, Lara Gabbitas (EDH) and Alexander Sparkes (I).
The essay prize on a single word topic (this year 'challenge') was judged by Graham Hoyland, adventurer, mountaineer and author of Last Hours on Everest about the fatal ascent of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine (WHM 1916-21).
Dr David Gee, schoolmaster at Shrewsbury for over 50 years, kindly agreed to judge this year’s Junior Essay Prize and received six anonymous shortlisted scripts over the recent Exeat.
Covering a wide range of syllabus extension areas from elite sport, journeys to Mars and responses to poetry, Dr Gee was suitably impressed with the craft and quality of the essays.
Congratulations to Eustacia Feng (M 4) for being chosen as this year's winning entry and to Will Singleton (R 3, Runner-up), Kate Woodman (M 3,Third place) and Mew Hansiriphan (O 4), Poppy Stephens (MSH 4), Georgina Cooper (G 4), whose essays were all shortlisted.
Eustacia and Anna will receive their prizes on Speech Day alongside the other school academic prizewinners.