English Essay Writing Competition 2013
Results from the English Language Essay Writing Competition 2013
for lower sixth formers
The Federation of Finnish-British Societies annual English Essay Writing Competition was held for the 29th time on the 16th and 17th of January 2013. The essay titles on thesetwo dates were posted on the Helsinki Finnish-British Society Website for download onthe competition day. Teachers then sent in the best essay from each class, and in all 144 essays were received from a total of 55 schools.
The jury was composed of five judges, including representatives from the
Helsinki Finnish-British Society, the Finnish National Board of Education, and the
University of Helsinki Department of Modern Languages (English Philology) Department.
The judges gave first prize to Wille Volanen from Mikkelin lukio for his well-written, well-argued and personal essay on English as a potentially “killer language”.
The standard of essays was as usual high, and the judges would like to congratulate the winner and runners-up and thank all those who took part in the competition.
Mark Shackleton, Chair, Essay Writing Competition.
First prize (500e for a trip to the UK):
Mikkelin lukio Topic no. 2
Runner up prizes (books)
Heidi Chu - Helsingin uusi yhteiskoulu Topic no. 5
Ronja Forsström - Borgå gymnasium Topic no. 1
Ilona Hyvärinen - Tapiolan lukio Topic no. 4
Juuso Järviniemi - Tampereen lyseon lukio Topic no. 1
Santeri Karte - Valkealan lukio Topic no. 5
Elias Nietosvaara - Turun suomalaisen yhteiskoulun lukio Topic no. 1
Irene Nikkarinen - Kallion lukio Topic no. 3
Janita Nyyssönen - Turun suomalaisen yhteiskoulun lukio Topic no. 5
Okko Taalas - Tapiolan lukio Topic no. 3
Sami Toivonen - Topic no. 2
1. SCHOOL EXAMS
Do we really need school exams? Are there other ways to assess ability?
2. OTHER LANGUAGES APART FROM ENGLISH
Is it enough to speak English in today's world? Do we need other languages, too?
3. BEING A FINN
What sort of things are important to you as a Finn? What makes us Finnish? How is our culture different from others?
4. THE IDEAL ASTRONAUT
Imagine that the government is going to start off a space program. Write a letter to the
Government Space Agency explaining why you think you would make an ideal astronaut.
5. SHORT STORY
Write a short story starting with the words “I thought I knew myself, but now I don’t