Winners of inaugural Perse Research Essay competition announced
22 Mar 2021
Year 9 pupils from across the country displayed their intellectual curiosity in the inaugural Perse Research Essay competition.
The competition offered a broad range of essay titles across an array of subject areas and was split into two categories – arts/humanities and sciences – with the winners of each section receiving a prize of £30 and the two ‘highly commended’ runners-up in each section getting £10.
Reading School pupil Gaurav Kamath won the arts/humanities category with his response to the question ‘Should the government impose a carbon tax?’ Highly commended were Perse pupil Isabelle Cox, who researched the same topic, and Anna Ost (King’s Ely), who discussed whether ‘Events are more important than people in history’.
Gaurav said: “It’s great to hear that I won. I was just looking to practise my research skills and use my time productively and I liked the wide range of topics to choose from in the competition.”
Perse pupil Neelkantha Mukherjee took the honours in the sciences section with his essay ‘What should we do to combat the rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria?’ Aoife Grant (King’s Ely) and Ishani Mariathasan (Bishop’s Stortford) also investigated the same question for their highly commended entries.
Neelkantha said: “I’m thrilled and very honoured to have won the sciences section. I really enjoyed doing the research for my entry. It was a truly enriching experience.”
The competition was the brainchild of Perse research prefects Neil Sardesai, Camillo Padulli and Maria-Louiza Van den Bergh (all Upper Sixth), who were also involved in judging the submissions.
Neil said: “It has been a great pleasure to launch this essay competition and see students get enthusiastic about their research. The quality of the submitted essays was very impressive and they were all a pleasure to read.
“I hope the students who took part enjoyed writing their essays and will continue to take part in further research in the future.”
Winner: Read Gaurav Kamath’s essay here.
Highly commended: Read Isabelle Cox’s essay here.
Highly commended: Read Anna Ost’s essay here.
Winner: Read Neelkantha Mukherjee’s essay here.
Highly commended: Read Aoife Grant’s essay here.
Highly commended: Read Ishani Mariathasan’s essay here.