Follow in footsteps of 9/11 competition winner

Georgina Hodgson from Chulmleigh pictured in the in the 9/11 Memorial Garden with Lee Lelpi, preside

Georgina Hodgson from Chulmleigh pictured in the in the 9/11 Memorial Garden with Lee Lelpi, president of the September 11th Families’ Association NY. - Credit: Archant

Chulmleigh teenager who had her work read out by Kevin Spacey and won a trip to New York last year invites others to enter the 9/11 National Schools Competition 2013.

STUDENTS at Chulmleigh Community College are hoping to emulate the success of one of their schoolmates by winning a trip to New York.

Last year Georgina Hodgson won a national competition about the 9/11 tragedy and her work was read out by actor Kevin Spacey at a special ceremony.

Georgina, who is now in Year 11, entered a series of letters to an imagined close friend who had moved to New York and been killed in the attacks. The competition was organised by educational charity 9/11 London Project.

Last September Georgina and five other students travelled to New York for the trip of a lifetime and she is urging others students in the school to enter this year’s competition.

The competition for 14 to 16-year-olds was staged for the first time last year and students were asked to write 1,200 words on how 9/11 changed the world.

“I’d thoroughly recommend entering the competition as I had the best experience of my life in New York,” said Georgina.

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“We had the excitement of visiting the city itself, but we were also aware that we were there to raise awareness about and pay tribute to the events of 9/11.

“We were taken to Ground Zero where we were guided around the memorial and the Tribute Centre by a retired fire-fighter, who had lost his son in the attacks.

“During our stay in New York we met some incredible people, including New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, and sat in on a New York Times editorial meeting.”

A second Chulmleigh Community College student - Hannah Dockings - was also shortlisted from hundreds of entries to the competition.

Chulmleigh headteacher Mike Johnson said: “Georgina’s thoughtful and sensitive work was chosen from thousands of entries. We are all very proud of her and congratulate her on this significant achievement.”

Films or essays can be entered in the 9/11 National Schools Competition 2013. For information go to

* Click on the video to hear actor Kevin Spacey reading out Georgina’s winning entry. (After approx five mins running time).

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