Our team at The Insider are over the moon to announce that our deputy editor, Amelia Thompson, has been highly commended for Shine Scholar of the year.

The Shine School Media Awards is a national competition rewarding UK secondary schools who produce an outstanding newspaper, magazine, podcast or website. It is an endeavour of The Stationers’ Foundation, the charitable arm of The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, one of the UK’s ancient livery companies.

In this award category the judges were looking for a pupil who has shown outstanding qualities of leadership in the production of a content-based communication. The winner will have demonstrated a good understanding of the elements which go to making up a good newspaper, magazine or website. Additionally they will have worked well in a team-based project; and shown evidence of understanding the audience for their product. In essence, providing ‘what readers want’.

Amelia has been a warm and welcoming presence within The Insider. She has shown great passion and enthusiasm for the work of our entire team, reading and appraising their artwork and offering her in depth feedback and creative ideas on their work. She has really made the magazine feel like a community, even when we could not meet in person and she always made sure that everyone was heard and  celebrated for their diverse talents within our large team. Amelia is a thoughtful, confident and perceptive student who is very much in tune with the world around her. We look forward to hearing her insightful views and seeing her continue to inspire our wonderful team next year.

Amelia, our Editor in Chief, Abdul Patel, and the English teacher who manages the magazine, Rebecca Welch, will be visiting London in September to attend Shine’s prestigious award ceremony at the Guildhall. At the event one more very special award will be made which will be a surprise. Our editors will also be able to meet the judges and some of the supporters of the competition, as well as the Shine committee.

It is a fantastic achievement for the entire team and we are excited to see how The Insider develops and grows next year with the addition of new talent from our high school students.

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