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Budding journalist wins Human Rights award

Award winner Rachel Jacobs

A heart-warming piece on the Care for the Elderly has earned national recognition for a would-be young journalist.

A-level student, Rachel Jacobs, 18, is one of three winners of Amnesty International’s Young Human Rights Reporter Award.

Her 500-word article, looking at how society’s elderly are often neglected and forgotten, earned her a runner-up place from over 7,000 entrants.

Rachel was presented with her award at a ceremony at Amnesty International’s action centre in London last month, and was also given the chance to spend the day at a national newspaper office.

Said Rachel: “I am so proud of this achievement, and I am very excited for the opportunities this will open up for me in the future.

“I have a very personal emotional connection to the piece I wrote, so I feel very lucky to have been chosen in the top three.”

Rachel is a pupil at Darrick Wood School in Lovibonds Avenue.

Commenting on her success, Rachel’s English teacher, Erdal Redjep, said she had all the hallmarks “of an excellent journalist.”

“We are all incredibly proud of Rachel’s success,” he added.