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27th Jun, 2022

Creative Hope crowned winner of Droitwich Spa High School's annual writing competition

A DROITWICH Spa High School student has shown she has the ‘write stuff’ after winning a prestigious annual competition.

Hope Rose, who is in year 11, took the title in the Karen Moore Award for Creative Writing contest, fighting off some tough competition.

More than 40 entries were received from year groups across the school who were all vying to win the trophy and the £100 cash prize.

After much deliberation, the first round judges sent off four entries to Anna Fern, a former Droitwich Spa High student who now works as a script development editor for ITV in London.

The shortlisted entries had been created by Matthew Oliver in year eight, Annabel Brannan in year nine, Hope Rose in year 11 and Charlie Hunter in year 12.

All were all very strong but Anna finally decided Hope’s was the best and she was crowned this year’s winner.

The award was established in 2019 following the retirement of Karen Moore who had for been the school’s deputy head for many years.

Mrs Moore said: “As this is the third year we have run the competition, I am delighted the number of entries continues to go up and that we had the biggest number of all this time.”

She added she was pleased the entries ranged from year eight to sixth form with some of the younger students showing exceptional writing skills which bode well for the future.

“We always try to give a title which allows students to give their own interpretation and this year the title was ‘The Beautiful Game’.”

Anna praised the diversity of ideas across the entries which she said was ‘astonishing’ and ‘exactly what she looked for in her role as a script development editor at ITV’.

Helen Karakashian, chair of the Droitwich Arts Network which supports the competition, said: “It is always a joy to judge the high quality writing of the students and I am delighted that so many students took part this year.”

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