Congratulations to Georgina Hill, a Year 12 pupil, who has been announced as the national winner of The Young Financial Journalist of the Year competition, run by the The London Institute of Banking & Finance.
Applicants were required to write a 1000-word blog or an article answering the question: ‘Why should I care about being money-savvy, and how can financial education help?’
Georgina, who claimed £150 as her prize, said: “I’m really happy I won this award and I didn’t expect it at all. The skills I’ve learned at Bethany have enabled me to do this, and find a talent I never knew I had.”
The Year 12 pupil was entered into the 17-19 age group. The judges commented: “We had lots of really good entries in both age categories from schools around the UK, so it was a difficult decision. The article was thoughtful and covered some really important topics such as student loans, reading the small print and how mental health can affect people’s finances. Well done!”
Georgina’s article was recognised for having an engaging and ‘journalistic’ style; real life examples and case studies which helped bring the importance of financial education to life; ‘top tips’ to help engage readers; statistics and evidence, demonstrating research skills; and good spelling and grammar.
Mr Simon Duff, Head of Business and Economics, said: “Georgina is an excellent pupil, extremely conscientious and hard working. I am proud of her achievements in the Young Financial Journalist of the Year competition – her success is richly deserved.”
Headmaster, Francie Healy, added: “I am incredibly proud of Georgina’s triumph in this highly prestigious national competition. Her success has clearly demonstrated her writing abilities and research skills, and she certainly has a promising career ahead of her.”