Dyslexic girl wins international essay competition
Saturday 31st August 2013, 10:00AM BST.
A YOUNG islander with dyslexia has been crowned the junior winner in the world’s oldest and largest essay competition.
Tabitha Carr’s winning piece – Is Change a Good Thing? – was chosen by judges from more than 6,500 entries to take the top prize in the Royal Commonwealth Society’s 2013 essay competition.
The theme of the contest this year was ‘opportunity through enterprise’ and the 12-year-old’s essay was set around a family in Botswana.
‘Tabitha’s entry was authentic, poignant and moving… she takes the reader on a journey into another world and leaves them wanting to read her story again and again,’ the judging panel said.
The Blanchelande College student wrote her entry after collecting for a local charity, which prompted her to think about children in other parts of the world who were less fortunate.
Being dyslexic and having found it difficult to read and write in the past, Tabitha now hopes her win will inspire other children who find writing difficult.
‘It is phenomenal to have won,’ she said.