Barlby High School pupil announced as blog competition winner

Competition winner Beth Hopwood is pictured here with David Green from Minster FM, English teacher Gemma Day, Cllr Chris Pearson and judge Christina Gabbitas.

A student from Barlby High School has been chosen as the winner of a blog writing competition about tackling litter in the community.

Year 11 pupil Beth Hopwood, 16, wrote a blog for the District Council's Don’t be a Waster – Reduce, Reuse, Respect competition that was picked out from more than 30 entries from high schools in the area. Her blog was chosen by award winning children’s author Christina Gabbitas, whose latest book Save Us was inspired by the Blue Planet TV series.

Christina commented, “Beth has researched well and has used the research to write an interesting flowing article that captures the subject matter very well. The statistics will certainly encourage individuals to think about discarding litter.

“The amount of money that could be saved and better utilised is a very strong message. I wish Elizabeth every success.”

Beth wins vouchers for the Summit Indoor Adventure, a signed book by author Matt Haig and the opportunity for a two week work placement in the Minster FM newsroom and Council marketing team.

The top ten entries shortlisted will be displayed at the forthcoming Children’s Reading Festival at Selby Abbey. Christina is the organiser of this Festival, which takes place at the end of March.  The work will be showcased at the Festival’s Families and Communities’ day on 30 March at the Abbey. The literature festival is free for all to attend.

Beth’s English teacher Gemma Day commented, “We were delighted to take part in the Don’t be a waster competition and see so many entries shortlisted. Well done to Beth and all the pupils from across the district who also took part.”

David Green from Minster FM added, “Beth has written a great blog – it’s fantastic to see teenagers really think about different ways to deal with litter.  We’re looking forward to showing them how our radio station operates and what the inside of the area’s number one commercial radio station newsroom looks like.”

Beth said, “I’m very thankful for this opportunity as I believe the that the writing competition is a great way for young people to discuss local issues.”

Selby District Council’s Executive member and lead councillor with responsibility for housing, health and culture, Cllr Chris Pearson, commented, “Congratulations to Beth and Barlby High on winning this competition - she should be very proud of her work. This competition has been a valuable opportunity to encourage us all to think about our impact on our environment.”

Read Beth’s blog here.