THE quality of the local young writers made quite an impact.

Cowdenbeath Rotary Club promoted a Young Writer Competition this year as part of a series of competitions for young people by Rotary International in Britain and Ireland.

Beath and Lochgelly High Schools participated in two of the age group categories – Intermediate 11-13yrs and Senior 14-17yrs.

Youth convener Gerry Grieve told the last Zoom meeting of the club: "The competition is designed to support and encourage development of writing skills.

"It aims to encourage young people to use their writing skills and write with imagination and creativity. The theme this year was ‘Connections’ and our young scribes did just that".

Results saw, in the Senior Category Leonie Whiteford, from Lochgelly HS, win and she went forward to the Scottish District Final and came a very creditable 3rd. Runner-up was John Shields, also from Lochgelly HS.

The Intermediate Category was won by Katie Bell, also Lochgelly HS; and runner-up was Ellie Butchard, from Lochgelly HS

Added Gerry: "They all received cash prizes and certificates. Thanks goes to former Depute Head at Beath High School, Lesley Porter, for judging entries and to the English Departments in both schools for the high standard of entries.

"Due to the Covid lockdown, Certificates and cheque prizes were presented over a Rotary Zoom meeting."