Sixth formers’ essays highly commended by Corpus Christi
Congratulations to Franklin Nelson and Jeremy Samuel (both Lower Sixth) whose entries to the Corpus Christi College essay competition were recently awarded ‘highly commended’ status by the judges – Franklin in the Christopher Marlowe prize in English and Jeremy in the William Briggs prize in Medicine.
Franklin wrote compellingly about Thatcherism and the construction of selfhood in Jeanette Winterson’s Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit and Alan Hollinghurst’s The Line of Beauty, while Jeremy offered a thoughtful response to the question ‘Is it possible to provide high quality healthcare with limited resources?’.
This year the Corpus competition attracted 453 entries across five subjects, making it one of the most competitive rounds since the inception of the prize. All essays were marked by PhD students or by the Directors of Studies (DoSs) in each of the subject, with the DoSs having the final say in the ranking of the prize order.
Of the entries for the Christopher Marlowe prize, the College said: “All of the highly commended essays displayed unusual and creative insights in their readings of literary texts, and a pleasing gift for good argument and clear, persuasive writing. We were left feeling very positive about the future of literary criticism as a discipline, given the passion and talent displayed in these competition entries.”
They were equally complimentary about the work submitted for the William Briggs Prize: “Winning entries were outstanding in their breadth and depth of knowledge, which was well beyond the standard curriculum, and was effectively presented within structured arguments engaging closely with the question topic.”
Franklin and Jeremy were treated to a prestigious awards ceremony at Corpus Christi College and a splendid spread of food in the great hall in the company of subject specialists and fellows of the College. Well done to both students.