STUDENTS at an Andover school recently showcased their skills to win competitions put on by Rotary groups.

Winton Community Academy student Jamie in Year 10 recently won the Rotary Young Writers Competition where he was was presented with an award by Deputy Mayor of Andover Town Council, Cllr Robin Hughes.

The competition was themed around the environment and Jamie wrote a compelling description that included dystopian elements.

Three other students from Year 10 entered the competition and also received certificates, they were Kalisha-May A, Feydakeen S and Lea F.

In January, Year 8 student Alisha and Year 9 pupils David and Evie represented Winton and won the first round of the Youth Speaks competition, resulting in their progression to the regional round.

This was held at Bishop Wordsworth’s Grammar School in Salisbury on February 17. They debated the role of alcohol in British culture with confidence and humour and were congratulated by the judges on the strength of their arguments and presentation.

The other debates included topics ranging from Classical Civilisations to cancelling Santa. Although the school did not win, those who took part enjoyed the event, and the team were proud of their achievements and are looking forward to their next debates.

The team were presented with an award by Cllr Hughes, and the Deputy Mayor of Test Valley Borough Council, Cllr Alan Dowden, and commended for their brilliant effort.