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Tuesday, 06 March 2012
Year 12 student, Stephanie Gabbatt, has made the top ten
10 long-list for Amnesty International's Young Human Rights
Reporter of the Year, Sixth Form award. Her article has
been chosen from over 3,000 applications from 150 schools.
The long-list of ten will be whittled down to just three in the
next couple of weeks.
Stephanie, talking about her article which focuses on
child slave labour in Africa, said: "I have often read biographies
of people with extraordinary or unfortunately tragic lives. When
this competition came along, I couldn't wait to write about a
largely unknown Human Rights violation. I felt like I had the
chance to tell people the shocking story of modern day slavery,
whilst practising the writing style that will be essential if I am
to be successful as a journalist in the future."
If Stephanie makes the top three, she will travel to
London to attend a prestigious ceremony at Amnesty International's
headquarters in central London on 9 May.
Government and Politics and History teacher, Mrs
Marie Birch, commented: "It is especially important that young
people are aware of modern world issues and this Amnesty
International competition gives an excellent opportunity for them
to research and write about Human Rights' violations around the
world. Stephanie has a keen sense of compassion and her article
about child slavery illustrates this. I am delighted that she was
selected to be one of the young reporters to make the final ten in
the Sixth Form section of the competition."
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