A BANDON student has been awarded third place in a national essay-writing competition for senior cycle students.
David Giles, a transition year pupil at Hamilton High School took third place in the 2017 Life Advocate Awards.
The annual essay-writing competition aims to encourage research and critical-thinking on human rights and right to life issues.
This year students were asked to discuss the words of Dr Martin Luther King Jnr.
David’s essay drew attention to how dependent mankind is on one another.
He wrote: ‘When we go to make a positive change in our surroundings, everything should be done with thought given to its effects on others.’
Commenting on David’s essay, Emma Sisk, organiser of the Life Advocate Awards, said: ‘We were very impressed by the high standard of entries we received from students all over Ireland this year. All the judges agreed it was very close between the top three essays which were all outstanding. David approached the topic with great maturity, compassion and understanding. It was these qualities that made him one of the top entries in 2017.’