A schoolgirl from Rickmansworth has won an essay-writing prize from one of Cambridge University’s top colleges.
Annabelle Sanouillet, a sixth form pupil at Rickmansworth School, was recently awarded one of the prestigious prizes from Cambridge’s Newnham College, the oldest of its kind to be exclusively woman-only.
Winning first prize in the category of Biological Sciences, Annabelle’s essay was titled “Past and present: How has infection shaped the human genome?” Along with the award, she also wins £400, to be split equally between her and the school to help fund educational resources.
The super-smart student is currently taking biology at A-level, along with chemistry and history, with an intention to study Biological Sciences at an Oxbridge university.
The annual Newnham College essay competition is designed to encourage female sixth form students with real ambition to develop their independent research and writing skills through exploring university-level subjects and themes.
Winners were chosen by an expert panel of academics from the college, who looked at hundreds of essays before making their decision, The contest was of particular interest to those studying biology, chemistry, physics or mathematics.