A STUDENT from Barlby High School has won a blog writing competition.

Year 11 pupil Beth Hopwood, 16, wrote a blog for the Don’t be a Waster – Reduce, Reuse, Respect competition about tackling litter in the community, and her entry was picked out from more than 30 from high schools in the area.

Her blog was chosen by award winning children’s author Christina Gabbitas, whose latest book Save Us was inspired by the Blue Planet TV series.

Christina said: "Beth has researched well and has used the research to write an interesting flowing article that captures the subject matter very well. The statistics will certainly encourage individuals to think about discarding litter. The amount of money that could be saved and better utilised is a very strong message."

Beth won vouchers for the Summit Indoor Adventure, a signed book by author Matt Haig and the opportunity for a two week work placement in the Minster FM newsroom and Council marketing team.

The top ten entries shortlisted will be displayed at the forthcoming Children’s Reading Festival at Selby Abbey, organised by Christina, which takes place at the end of March.

The work will also be showcased at the Festival’s Families and Communities’ day on March 30 at the Abbey, and the literature festival is free for all to attend.

Beth’s English teacher Gemma Day said: "We were delighted to take part in the Don’t Be A Waster competition and see so many entries shortlisted. Well done to Beth and all the pupils from across the district who also took part."

Beth said: "I’m very thankful for this opportunity as I believe the that the writing competition is a great way for young people to discuss local issues."

Selby District Council’s Executive member and lead councillor with responsibility for housing, health and culture, Cllr Chris Pearson, said: "Congratulations to Beth and Barlby High on winning this competition - she should be very proud of her work. This competition has been a valuable opportunity to encourage us all to think about our impact on our environment."