Wetherby pupil wins national poetry competition

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Wetherby High School pupil Emily Wilson was victorious in verse last week after winning a national school poetry competition run by e­learning technology company Webanywhere and judged by the Yorkshire poet Ian McMillan.

The competition theme was ‘Do Computers Rule the World?’, and ran during the summer attracting more than 500 entrants aged five to 16 from schools nationwide.

Emily, 14, was invited to attend Webanywhere’s Leeds office where she was presented with a framed copy of her poem by the poet, pictured above.

She also received an iPad mini, awarded by Sean Gilligan, of Webanywhere.

Mr McMillan said: “I was lucky to be able to judge this competition. A competition poem has to excite the judge straight away, and Emily’s did so.

“What I liked about Emily’s poem is that although it has good rhythm it doesn’t rhyme in a simple way. It also asks all kinds of questions about computer technology and makes us think hard about how it is being used.”

Christopher Lillington, assistant headteacher at Prince Henry's Grammar School.

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