20 June 2016
University Essay Competition Success
Sevenoaks School’s Lower Sixth students have enjoyed unprecedented success in Cambridge and Oxford University academic essay competitions this year, with several individuals receiving prizes or commendations.
Rachel Tustin was awarded the second prize in the Newnham Philosophy Essay Prize for her essay.
In the Law Essay Prize, also at Newnham, Kyra Chong was awarded the second prize. She and Rachel will attend a presentation ceremony at the Principal of Newnham College’s lodge, where monetary prizes will be awarded.
Eliza Bond and Rachelle Lam entered the Robert Walker Essay Prize for Aspiring Lawyers at Trinity College Cambridge and, despite healthy competition, both were Highly Commended for their essays and deemed to be in the top ten of all essays received. It’s the first time that Sevenoaks has had prizewinners in both of the Cambridge Law Essay competitions.
Eliza Bond was also highly commended in the Jesus College Cambridge Law Essay competition.
Russell Lam was also Highly Commended for his essay in the Fitzwilliam Land Economy Essay Competition.
In the Ancient World/Classics Essay Competition, also at Fitzwilliam College, Sophie Gull was awarded a Certificate of Merit.
Maks Szwajewski’s Philosophy essay on concepts of freedom was Highly Commended in the interdisciplinary Staton Essay Prize (2015) at Regent’s Park Oxford.
Brendan McGrath was awarded joint first place in the Lloyd Davies Philosophy Essay Competition, Oriel College Oxford.
All in all this amounts to a tremendous achievement and our congratulations go to all of the aforementioned students.