ST. MARY’S STUDENT SCOOPS FIRST PRIZE IN ESSAY WRITING COMPETITION

Posted on 16th April 2013 | NewsGeneralAwards

Kevin McStravock, pictured with Mrs Reid, Head of English, and Principal of St. Mary’s, Mrs Gillespie

A Year 14 English Literature student from St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt has been awarded first place in the prestigious Northern Ireland Schools Essay Writing Competition. 

Kevin McStravock, whose writing regularly features in the Unplugged column in The Irish News, submitted an article on the Leveson Inquiry.  From over 70 entrants, Kevin was one of only six young people whose work was short listed and sent to London to be judged by Lord Lexden OBE and Andrew Gimson, Political Journalist for The Daily Telegraph.  As well as winning £200, Kevin will have his article published in The Daily Telegraph and will attend an Awards Ceremony at Stormont in May.

Mrs Reid, Head of English, commented: “I am delighted that Kevin’s talent and skill have been recognised in this competition.”

Speaking of Kevin’s success, Mrs Reid, Head of English, commented: “I am delighted that Kevin’s talent and skill have been recognised in this competition.  He has always shown a keen interest in writing and journalism, taking a leading role in the development of the School Magazine and featuring regularly in The  Irish News.  Kevin plans to pursue his interest in journalism at university next year and I am confident that this achievement marks the start of a successful career for a very talented young man.”