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Ogden Trust Awards 2017

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The highly sought after Humphrey Davy trophy will remain at Falmouth School for another year, after another successful night at the Ogden Trust essay writing competition finals. Student’s from Falmouth School, Humphry Davy School and Truro School who form the Ogden Trust Partnership, submitted essays on various scientific topics in a bid to win the trophy. Students were joined on the evening by guest lecturer from the University of Exeter, Dr Mayne, who gave an interesting presentation on exoplanet detection, before forming part of the judging panel with Dr Fox and Dr Smith of Falmouth School.  

The entrance quality was extremely high this year, with over 100 essays written, which included; Nils Tregenza (Falmouth School) whose piece was on ‘The work and discoveries of Richard Quiller Couch’. Will Daniell (Falmouth School) looked at ‘John Arnold and the first accurate measurements of longitude’, while Sky Dixon (Humphry Davy) asked the question ‘Will Lithium mining be good for the UK?’ The remaining finalists were Ella Longhorn (Falmouth School) who asked ‘Can physics explain the unique spectral quality of light in St Ives?’ and Eifie Ward (Falmouth School) investigated ‘Who is the Father of Steam Locomotion?’

All in all it was a successful evening and the difficult task of deciding this year’s winner came down to the judges. All three judges were in agreement at the high quality displayed by each candidate and the confidence shown in their presentations. Dr Fox commented on the exceptional quality of research and referencing and Dr Mayne was inspired by the passion shown by each finalist. 

Ultimately, there could only be one overall winner and the title went to Ella Longhorn of Falmouth School, who was presented with the top prize of a Celestron Telescope. The top performing Key Stage 4 entrant was awarded to Will Daniell of Falmouth School, with Sky Dixon of Humphrey Davy School receiving the top performing Key Stage 3 award.

Posted on: 6/07/17

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