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George Scoops top Cambridge prize

Published on isbi School News dated Monday 9th of July 2012

George Hallas of Taunton School has won a major academic prize.

He entered an essay , 'Myth and memory in the architectural monuments of global superpowers' for the highly prestigious Wilkinson Quincentenary Prize essay competition, run by St. John's College, Cambridge, and was selected as one of only two winners. The competition assessed essays for 'distinction, measured by reference to mastery of relevant detail, the fluency and structure of argument, the level of analytical skills, the degree of originality shown and evidence of personal initiative in research'.

George wins £750 for his efforts with a similar sum to go to the school History Department and has been invited to a special prize giving lunch at the college on 9th July. He will also be afforded the opportunity to spend a week at St John's during the summer working on a project in the library.

This is a great accolade for George who hopes to read History at Cambridge when he leaves school. It is also thoroughly well deserved: he is one of the school's hardest working students who has nurtured and developed deep and genuine academic interests over a number of years.

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