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Cypriot student named senior winner of The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2015

Sixteen-year-old Paraschos Cant has been named the Senior Winner of The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2015.
His winning entry was chosen by a panel of Commonwealth judges from more than 5,800 senior entries.
As the senior winner, Cant will be invited to a special awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace where HRH The Duchess of Cornwall will present the winners with their prizes, an announcement said.
The Duchess of Cornwall will be presenting the prizes on behalf of HM The Queen, patron of the competition.
According to the announcement, writing on the essay topic: ‘Youth versus experience’, Cant’s entry – which is sponsored by Cambridge University Press – is a letter to the leaders of the world.
The judging panel said: “A sophisticated and cleverly crafted challenge to the leaders of the world, Paraschos’ letter subtly asks those with political experience and power to honour the hopes of the young.”
Cant said: “It is quite thrilling and overwhelming to be named the senior winner, I am absolutely shocked but very excited at being chosen, it feels fantastic!”
The teen is currently studying at Pascal English School in Limassol. With a British father and a Cypriot mother, he said he enjoys the best of both cultures.
Michael Lake CBE, director of the Royal Commonwealth Society said that in its 132nd year, the Essay Competition had received a record number of entries and that submissions came through from all across the Commonwealth.

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