Chulmleigh student’s moving epitaph wins national writing competition.

A CHULMLEIGH Community College student is off to New York on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks after winning a national schools competition.

Georgina Hodgson, 15, will visit Ground Zero after her moving epitaph beat hundreds of other young writers in a 9/11 Education Programme project, launched last year by Boris Johnson and the Institute of Education.

Her essay, which tackled the question ‘How did 9/11 change the world?’ comprised a series of emails to a fictional young girl named Juliet who moves to New York and dies in the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers.

Georgina, who will be flying out to the Big Apple with one other category winner and four runner-ups in Septempber, said: “It feels brilliant to have won and I can’t wait to visit New York – it’s such a vibrant city.

“I think that it’s easy for many people to relate to what I wrote, as most people know about the effects of 9/11.

“I drew on personal experience, as a close friend of mine recently moved away from my local area.”

The judging panel consisted of British film producer Lord David Puttnam and BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson CBE.

Commenting on Georgina’s entry, Mr Simpson said: “Georgina Hodgson’s ‘Dear Juliet’ was sharp, clever and incisive; altogether a worthy winner.

“There was a delightful freshness about it which caught my attention and my emotions too.”

The finalists will take in the famous sites of New York this September, as well as places connected to the 9/11 attacks, including the Tribute WTC Visitor Centre and the 9/11 Memorial site.