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6 July 2017

Commended for Harry, Toby and Patrick in Peterhouse Essay Competitions

Three Sixth Form pupils, Harry Cooper-Simpson, Toby Vickers and Patrick McSwiggan received ‘Commended’ awards from the Peterhouse Cambridge Kelvin Science Essay Prize competition and the Vellacott History Prize competition.

For many years, Peterhouse has organised the Vellacott History essay competition. The Kelvin Science essay competition was set up in 1999 to try to duplicate its success.

In the Kelvin Essay Prize competition, both Harry and Toby answered the question: How far is it to the moon? This was the only question that came with a page of notes and conditions, and one that didn’t actually have to be related to the moon!

The remit was to begin your answer with ‘I don’t know how far away the moon lies, but...’.

Toby answered: ‘I don’t know how far away the moon lies, but here is how I re-discovered π’, while Harry answered: ‘I don’t know how far away the moon lies, but here is how I re-discovered Avogadro’s constant’.

This year there were 250 entrants from more than 180 schools. In addition to the advertised prizes, there were only 22 commended essays, representing a distinct achievement for Harry and Toby.

Patrick McSwiggan, following on from his second prize in the Corpus Christi Essay competition in June, received a 'Commended' award for his essay in the Vellacott History Prize competition, placing him in the top 12 entrants. Again, this was an excellent achievement for Patrick.

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