Young Hassocks girl named Young Journalist of the Year

Finalist Lucca Peel-Yates SUS-180909-112438001
Finalist Lucca Peel-Yates SUS-180909-112438001

A 12-year-old girl from Hassocks has been named a finalist in the Young Journalist of the Year award.

Lucca Peel-Yates has been chosen as one of the top nine finalists in the national STABILO Young Journalist of the Year competition.

The Burgess Hill student was chosen by a panel of judges after she wrote an entry about the growing concern of plastic filling up in the ocean. Hundreds entered the competition with the overall winner to be announced in October.

Lucca said:“I’m thrilled to have been picked as one of the STABILO Young Journalist of the Year finalists.

“I love writing so to have been chosen when writing on a subject that I feel passionate about is wonderful.”

In its sixth year, the annual writing competition is run by STABILO and First News and aims to find the most talented young writers in Britain. The winner has the opportunity to have their very own column published in the leading children’s newspaper First News and win £1,000 of STABILO goodies for their classmates.

Vanya Hunter, marketing manager at STABILO said: “As always, we are overwhelmed with the writing talent that has come through our door.

“Each and every entry is fantastic in their own right and its extremely hard to whittle it down. The stories we receive really do vary, going from funny to inspiring.”