Bolton School Sixth Form Girls

Stephanie in Running for Reporter of the Year Award

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."

Stephanie Gabbatt

Stephanie's article was chosen from over 3,000 entries