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The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition draws winners from four corners of the Commonwealth Four young writers have been named as the Winners and Runners-Up of The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017.
The winning essays were selected from approximately 12,300 entries spanning the five regions of the Commonwealth.
The competition is the world’s oldest international schools’ writing competition. Representing nearly every Commonwealth country, entrants wrote about topical issues including social cohesion, finding peace in places of conflict, and peace-building on an individual, national and international level.
Senior Winner Annika Turon-Semmens, 16, is from Adelaide, Australia. Senior Runner-up Hiya Chowdhury, 15, comes from Uttar Pradesh, India. The Junior Winner Ariadna Sullivan, 13, is from British Colombia, Canada, and Junior Runnerup Ry Galloway, 10, is from London, United Kingdom. Entries were assessed by a pan-Commonwealth body of judges, drawn from more than 30 different countries across the globe. Judges described the entries as ‘diverse’, ‘creative’, ‘hopeful’, and added that ‘the Commonwealth will be in good hands as these young people grow up’.
The four pan-Commonwealth Winners and Runners-up will attend the traditional ‘Winners Week’ in London in November of this year. Winners’ Week is a special programme consisting of cultural and educational activities. The week includes an Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace where HRH The Duchess of Cornwall will present the Winners and Runners-up with their certificates on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.
This will be the fourth time that the Duchess of Cornwall has taken part in the Awards Ceremony.
Director of The Royal Commonwealth Society, Michael Lake CBE, said: ‘‘The winners’ pieces are creative and dynamic, using rich and colourful language to explore the broadest interpretations of peace. This year’s theme of A Commonwealth for Peace could not have come at a more pertinent time and The Royal Commonwealth Society is inspired by the thousands of entries received this your paragraph here.

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Congratulations to everyone who took part in The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017. Over 12,300 young people from across the Commonwealth entered the Competition. This year’s theme invited young people to reflect on the topic of ‘A Commonwealth for Peace’. Judges were impressed by the diverse entries and described the pieces as ‘creative’, ‘hopeful’ and ‘passionate’. A fantastic result with, Senior Winner Annika Turon-Semmens, 16, is from Adelaide, South Australia.​