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Essay Competition Winners

Blog — 16th July 2022

Essay Competition Winners

Earlier this year, Dr Jacob Lett launched the inaugural NTC Sixth Form Essay Competition, which focussed on the theme Theology and the Environment. We were delighted to receive high quality responses from a range of students, and are pleased to announce our winners.

First Prize (£100)

Theo Hunter, Forge Valley School: “The world is ours to do what we want with.” Assess this claim from a philosophical, ethical and theological perspective.

Runners Up (£25)

Alexander Woolf, Tonbridge School: “Christians have a particular responsibility to act for climate justice.” Assess this claim with references to the Bible.

Archie Maude, The Judd School: “The world is ours to do what we want with.” Assess this claim from a philosophical, ethical and theological perspective.

In marking the essays, judges considered the overall quality of the response, the ideas presented, and students’ engagement with scholarship. Both Archie and Alex offered clear, concise and well-reasoned arguments. The real strength of Theo’s winning essay was his ability to draw together an impressive range of material across a breadth of traditions in a mature and coherent manner.

Dr Lett comments, “The environmental crisis has been a critical topic of engagement at NTC this year. We have held a conference on ecology and theology, and we offered a new BA unit and MA unit on this topic. Adding to this engagement were the outstanding essays submitted for our first ever essay competition. We are impressed by the academic potential of the young leaders and scholars who submitted essays, and we look forward to another robust competition next year.”

Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to all entrants for sharing your work with us.