Izzy Wood, who attends Christ’s Hospital, entered the competition – which asks students to write a 1,000-word essay on a topic from a list provided by the university – because she is’ always ready to try something new. ”
But she was “totally shocked” to have won. Her essay scored 83 points and the judges gave her the following comments: “Fantastic and interesting article! You have provided ubiquitous arguments with rich, relevant literature to justify your views. “
Izzy’s prize for winning was a £ 100 Amazon voucher, Izzy said: “I think winning gave me more confidence to contribute in the classroom.
“I don’t know what I’m going to spend the money on, I didn’t even think I would invest, let alone earn, so I didn’t really think about it.
“I’ve had a few books on my wish list for a while, so I’ll probably start there.
“Overall I’m completely shocked and excited to have won and look forward to continuing to study Philosophy next year and maybe beyond.
Dr Michael Lacewing, one of Izzy’s philosophy teachers, said: “Izzy worked hard over the Easter break to conduct independent research, develop his ideas and express them with such force and clarity.
“I am delighted that his talent and his thought were recognized by the jury.”
The competition aims to broaden interest in philosophy, encourage those interested in studying it at university, and recognize the achievements of both high-caliber students and those who teach them.