Celesta’s

economics essay wins a Corpus Christi runner-up prize

Monday May 14, 2018

A Concord student in the sixth form has been awarded a runner-up prize for her 2,200 word economics essay in a prestigious national competition. Celesta, who is in her first year at Concord, was awarded a £50 prize and certificate for her achievement in the Dixit Economics Essay Competition at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. There were a record number of entries in the competition from students in Year 12 (6.1) nationally and Celesta was invited to Corpus Christi College to receive her prize. Said David Farrell, who teaches economics at Concord and accompanied Celesta to the prize ceremony:  “With a record entry Celesta should be particularly pleased with her achievement. “Six Concord students submitted essays and the best two were put forward for the competition.  Celesta’s essay ‘To what extent is democracy either a requirement for or result of economic development?’ won runner-up prize.” The assessors were said to be ‘very impressed’ with her work and congratulated Celesta on her achievement.  She was invited to the prize ceremony, lunch, a tour of the college and an opportunity to meet current undergraduates. Economics is a subject which Celesta is studying for her forthcoming AS levels and Corpus Christi is one of the colleges she will be considering applying to for an economics degree in the future. Remarkably, she has only ever written one previous essay, which was last year, though she has read several books on economics and enjoys economic history. Said Celesta:  “I am interested in democracy and how a country’s economic growth will lead to democracy.” She added that she was considering buying a book to remind her of the Dixit Economics Essay Competition success for the year 2018. She was told by Concord Principal Mr. Neil Hawkins:  “Congratulations on a fantastic achievement.”