Christina Runner-up in London

Mrs Blaney and Christina at the Amnesty International awards

Year 10 student Christina McCambridge was runner-up in this year’s ‘Amnesty International Young Reporter’ competition with her article, ‘China’s Daughters: A Right to Life’: focusing on the practice of Female Infanticide and Abandonment in China.

This is the first time a student from Northern Ireland has featured in the top two in the UK wide competition. Christina won the regional heats of the competition earlier in the year and was short-listed into the top 10 in the UK. Just before Easter St Killian’s College received news that Christina had been selected to attend the finals placing her in the top three of her category.

As a result of her success, Christina, her mother, Imelda, and her teacher, Mrs Christina Blaney, were invited to the finals in London last week where she participated in a workshop with ‘The Guardian’ before attending the Award Ceremony where her video presentation was played in support of her article. The emotive language and thought-provoking article moved the judges who commented on the skill of her writing and the accuracy of her commentary.

Principal Mr Jonny Brady was delighted with Christina’s placing.

“Christina is a Year 10 student and was one of the youngest in the competition. Therefore to be awarded such a high placing is a huge achievement for Christina and her teacher Mrs Christina Blaney.”