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Alan Scoops First Prize!

Alan Lau, in Lower Sixth, was delighted to hear that he had made it through to the final of Rugby School’s Foxcroft Essay Competition.

With a very high number of entries and the standard being incredibly high this was a great achievement in itself, as there were only seven finalists from across Coventry, Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.

Alan was invited to Rugby School on Thursday 15 March, where all of the finalists gave a presentation on their essays, in front of their peers and the judges (expert science teachers from the attending schools including Mr Callan, Head of Chemistry at Warwick School).

The finalists were then questioned about their essays by the judges to determine 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Michael Thompson, Rugby School's Head of Science, Alan Lau and Mr Callan, Warwick School's Head of Chemistry

Alan was awarded first prize for his outstanding essay on “David Attenborough and His Contribution to the Public’s Understanding of Science” and the way he spoke with passion and conviction also impressed the judges.

Mr Callan said “The breadth of knowledge and scientific confidence demonstrated by all of the finalists was breath-taking and very, very impressive. It’s was exceptionally hard to choose a winner, but the judges felt that Alan’s quality of writing was quite exceptional and that he was a deserving winner of this Essay competition. We are incredibly proud of Alan for his intellectual curiosity and the personal initiative he’s shown in writing this essay by himself”.