Geography essay competition success for Perse student
4 Nov 2019
Heather Magowan (Lower Sixth) enjoyed success with her efforts in a major geography essay competition.
Entrants were challenged to answer the question ‘Is it better for the world to be wealthier or to be more equal?’ in the competition, organised by the Royal Geographical Society in association with the Financial Times.
Heather’s response was highly commended by the judges and she will be presented with her award in London on 22 November as part of the prestigious RGS School Members Lecture.
She said: “I was really surprised, but very happy to have been highly commended. It’s such an honour and I’m looking forward to going to the RGS presentation.
“It was really interesting to research. There’s quite a lot that’s been written about whether equality is beneficial or detrimental and the same in terms of economics, but there’s very little that draws comparisons between them. From that point of view, it was a good essay title because you can’t find anything that tells you the ‘right’ answer.”
Essays had to be a maximum of 800 words, which Heather admitted was a tough word limit given the scope of the question.
She said: “It was very difficult because there are so many different sides you could look at it from, such as environmental, social, economic and political.
“I mostly looked at the social aspect because I felt that was the most important thing in terms of who it affects. I didn’t have a pre-conceived idea before I wrote the essay, but my conclusion was it would be better to have a more equal world as this could lead to a wealthier one.”
Click here to read Heather’s essay in full.