Announcement of Shortlisted Essays
The Regional Writing Centre is delighted to announce our shortlist of winners for the Ninth Annual National Secondary School Essay Writing Competition. Due to the low number of submissions this year, we are combining the categories of transition year and fifth year, meaning there is one overall winner and two runners up. All who have submitted essays to us this year should be very proud of all the hard work and dedication put in. As always, the Regional Writing Centre thanks you for your participation.
Regrettably, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and our inability to predict when we can return to the university as normal, we are not currently in a position to go ahead with the planned official ceremony for the winners on May 27th.
Prizes and certificates will be distributed once the UL campus is again functional. At the moment, we have no access to the campus and it is not yet known when we will return. If the situation improves significantly in the coming weeks and months, we may potentially organise an alternate date for the ceremony in the coming autumn semester; otherwise, we will post the prizes and certificates to the winners.
The President of UL, Dr. Des Fitzgerald, Vice President, Academic and Student Affairs, Prof. Kerstin Mey and the Centre for Transformative Learning team join the RWC in expressing our regret that the pandemic has prevented from celebrating with the winners in May.
Congratulations to our top three essay writers for 2019/20:
Finally, we reiterate our gratitude to all competition entrants who worked so hard on their essays. Thank you too to all of our Readers/Judges for volunteering for the weeks of reading and taking on the difficult work of selecting winners from a large number of very good essay submissions. A list of our essay judges has been included below.
Nikita Basovs—2nd Year BSc Mobile Communications and Security
Gemma Wyley—3rd Year BSc Physiotherapy
Joanne McCormack – 1st Year BA English and Communication
Manish Chaudhary – 1st Year MSc Project Management
Bart Ryan—2nd Year BA Psychology and Philosophy