Regional success for Lochnell pupil

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The imagination and writing skills of 11-year-old Mac Rodwell, a pupil at Lochnell Primary School, have been recognised by the district judges of Rotary’s Young Writer Competition.

Following his success, while still aged 10, in winning the junior section of Oban Rotary Club’s local competition, Mac’s tale on the theme of My Happiest Day was submitted for the district final of the national competition. The judges were extremely impressed by Mac’s creativity and use of language and, against stiff competition, awarded Mac the runner-up accolade. Mac’s prize for this recognition is an engraved silver salver and certificate.

Once again Oban Rotary Club’s Young Writer competition generated a lot of interest from our area’s primary school children. Thirty-five excellent entries, offering creative interpretations of this year’s theme, My Happiest Day, provided a difficult task for the judge, Susan Windram, editor of the Oban Times.

Susan, was once again impressed by the young children’s writing ability and their wonderful imaginations, as expressed in their storytelling.

After a lot of consideration, Susan selected Mac Rodwell’s humorous tale of a Rhino Rampage as this year’s winner.

Ten-year-old Lily Davis, from Arinagour Primary School, Isle of Coll, was selected as runner-up of the Oban competition, with her well-written imagining of a Christmas day spent with a Unicorn.

Susan also recognised the work of Bryce Fraser Evans, also from Arinagour Primary School; Olivia Emsley and Eashan Davidson of Taynuilt Primary School, and James Steward, Lochnell Primary School. They all received Commended certificates.

Oban Rotary President, Kees van Rein also read the selected entries and thought that they were ‘amazingly good’ and hoped that the recognition would ‘encourage our young authors to continue to develop their creative writing.’