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Harrogate school celebrates inspirational women as part of essay competition

Mrs Brett (left) and Nick Hancock (right) at the Inspirational Woman Essay Competition.

Pupils at Harrogate Ladies College have been celebrating inspirational women in their lives as part of an essay competition.

Held on International Women’s Day on Friday 8th May, the competition was open to pupils in Year 3, 4 and 5 from both independent and state schools across Yorkshire.

They were invited to write an essay about a female figure they have been inspired by, whether it’s their grandmother, a sportsperson, a historical figure, an artist, musician or literary figure.

The finalists of the 'Inspirational Woman Essay Competition' were then invited to a Luncheon at Harrogate Ladies’ College, where winners and runners up were presented with certificates and book vouchers by Nick Hancock from Your Harrogate Radio.

The top 3 prize winners from each age category had their essays read out by inspirational women.

One of the finalist's parents said:

“The finalists' luncheon was a really lovely experience which we got to enjoy together, as a family. 

“The competition gave our daughter a goal, and since placing 3rd, has really boosted her confidence. She’s already talking about entering again next year!”

Book prizes worth £50 were awarded for 1st places in each age category, £20 for 2nd places in each category and £10 for 3rd places in each category. 

There were also £50 book vouchers for each first-placed school.

College Principal Sylvia said:

“You may ask why Inspirational Woman was the topic of the essay. 

“Well, International Women’s Day was created to shine a spotlight on brilliant women around the world. As an all girls’ school and to coincide with this year’s International Women’s Day, we asked the children from right across the region to tell us about the women that have inspired them most.”

Sylvia added:

“Congratulations to all the finalists, we had nearly 100 entries and we loved reading each and every one! 

“We can't wait to see what everyone writes about next year!”

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