Student nears the top of UK-wide competition

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A SCHOOL pupil has made it to the final of a national reporting competition.

Berkhamsted School Kings Campus student Ellie Daghlian was up against almost 600 others when she entered the Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year competition.

Judges have now chosen 10 finalists and the winner will be chosen on Thursday, May 19.

Ellie, 15, said: “I’m really pleased to have been shortlisted; it’s exciting to know that my writing might have an effect on how people view important human rights issues.”

Editor of SecEd Pete Henshaw, who helped draw up the shortlist, said Ellie’s submission was “a very strong narrative” about child labour in Sri Lanka.

The weekly newspaper on secondary school education ran the competition with Amnesty International.

Ellie joined her school’s branch of the human rights group when it was set up in November 2010. Her headteacher Ashley Clancy said: “We congratulate her wholeheartedly on her achievement.”