On 25th June 2019, we celebrated the outstanding academic work of students who were shortlisted for the third NCH London Essay Competition with our Essay Awards.
Hosted by Professor A C Grayling, Master of the College, the essay competition awards ceremony was held in Bedford Square Gardens, Bloomsbury, across from the College building at 19 Bedford Square. During the event, essay writers and their guests enjoyed canapés with non-alcoholic sparkling wine and had their pictures taken by our paparazzi.
From over 3,600 entries from the UK and EU, 150 essays were shortlisted and we were delighted to welcome these shortlisted students to collect their awards, ranging from £20 gift vouchers to top prizes of £1,000.
The competition sought submissions of essays in a range of questions based on our the disciplines we offer as ‘Majors’. The questions were as follows:
Art History: ‘Oscar Wilde claimed that ‘All art is quite useless’. Can art’s uselessness be a source of it usefulness?’
Economics: ‘Nudges have been successfully used by governments around the world to influence people’s behaviours (Thaler 2008), but will we become immune to such ‘tricks’?’
English: ‘What are literary critics for?’
History: ‘Can history teach us lessons?’
Law: ‘Was the EU Commission correct to fine Google for abuse of a strong market position in online markets?’
Philosophy: ‘What kinds of inequality, if any, are unjust?’
Politics & International Relations: ‘What measures can be taken to increase voter turn-out at elections?’
First prize (£1,000): Callum Stark, James Gillespie’s High School
First runner up (£500): Anna Davis, Northgate High School
Second runner up (£250): Darragh Murray, Wimbledon College
First prize: Emerson Murphy, City of London School
First runner up: Jing Hui Tan, Sevenoaks School
Second runner up: Valeriya Aynullina, King Edward VI Five Ways School
First prize: Claire Laurence, Wimbledon High School
First runner up: Anna Davidson, Trinity Academy, Edinburgh
Second runner up: Riyaad Ali, Wallington County Grammar
First prize: Dowon Jung, Eton College
First runner up: Molly Wellspring, Brixham College
Second runner up: Gabriel Lane, Wallington County Grammar School
First prize: Elizabeth Lu, Wycombe Abbey School
First runner up: Thomas Clapp, Sutton Grammar School
Highly commended: Ai Ling Woolston, Hills Road Sixth Form College
First prize: Ashleigh McHenry, Stanground Academy
First runner up: Amanda Milligan, The Maynard School
Highly commended: Emily Hurst, Edgbaston High School
First prize: Mia Conners, The Royal Masonic School for Girls
First runner up: Harvey Dryer, Poole Grammar School
Second runner up: Safa Al-Azami, Altrincham Grammar School for Girls
Additional prizes, including £20 gift vouchers, were awarded to the remaining shortlisted candidates due to the overwhelming quality of the essays received.
We would like to thank the staff at all of the schools who supported the essay competition and encouraged their students to participate.