Roscommon / Athlone Region PTAA recently announced the winners in the 2020 Essay Competition. The Essay Competition has been one of the main features of the Region’s annual activities for many years and is open to students from all Primary and Secondary schools in the Region. Entries for the 2020 competition came from Primary schools and Junior Secondary i.e., up to Junior Cert level.
The entrants wrote on wide and varying topics, ranging from their appreciation for their wonderful grandparents, which was particularly appropriate due to recent events, graphic descriptions of their favourite pets, objective and thorough accounts of a favourite book they had read, and in depth analysis of the burning topic: if it is always right to follow the leader.
Following the assessments of the essays, the judges were high in their praise of the imagination, standard of English and handwriting and the ability of the entrants to address the topics. They stated that the standard was extremely high which made it difficult to single out individual winners.
However, after much deliberation they eventually chose the winners. A winner was chosen from each participating school with overall regional placings also awarded. The primary School winners were: Athleague: Sophie Naughton, Ballagh: David Cox, Ballyleague: Ella Reynolds, Cornafulla: Alice Behan, Gaelscoil de hͤe: Tara N�Eidhin, Glinsk: Caoimhe Nolan, Kilteevan: Maria Fox, Knockroghery: Charles Hayes, Lisaniskey: Abbie Conneely, Lismoil: Shantaya McDonnell, Mount Talbot: Lucy Galvin, Tisrara: Jayden Concannon, Windfield: Sheenagh Martin. Rian Kingi was the winner from Roscommon Community School.
The Regional placing was:
Primary: First Place: Tara N�Eidhin, Second Place: Ella Reynolds, Third Place: Caoimhe Nolan.
Secondary: Overall winner was Rian Kingi.
Roscommon / Athlone PTAA extends its sincere congratulations to all the winners. The committee wishes to thank all the participating schools and all the entrants for their high quality of writing.
While on other occasions the winners were celebrated in a prize giving ceremony, unfortunately, this year, that could not take place due to Covid-19 safety measures. Also, the Art Competition, which ran alongside the essays, had to be deferred as the school closures due to Covid-19 had occurred before the students had been circulated with the art topics. Each winning student in the essay competition will receive a Certificate of Achievement to acknowledge their success.