Worldwide Essay Competition Contenders

Two of our Upper Sixth pupils, Emily Lui and Sara Sim spent some of their summer holidays writing essays for worldwide competitions.


Emily entered her essay into the John Locke Institute 2023 Global Essay Prize competition in the Psychology category.  She has been shortlisted for the prize for her essay on the title “Can happiness be measured?”.  Emily argued that whilst there are many contributing factors in happiness, there are both qualitative and quantitative measures which can be utilised.  She discussed the efficacy of surveys and biological measures, such as dopamine production and the theories on happiness put forward by utilitarian philosophers.  Emily has decided not to attend the award ceremony, but we look forward to hearing about the final outcome.


Sara’s essay was entered in the “Homerton Essay Competition” run by Cambridge University, focusing on evaluating economic policies.  She tackled the title “Evaluate a measure that could be implemented in your community to make it more sustainable”.  She approached the essay from an economic perspective, exploring the negative externalities of plastic pollution in Malaysia and finding out how the economic policy of a plastic bag surcharge in Malaysia could be made more successful. Using a combination of primary data from her observations and secondary data from research sources, she came to a conclusion that implementing a law that ensures funding for campaigns and plastic education is key to success.  At the online awards ceremony on Sunday it was announced that she had gained the runner-up award for the sustainability category.

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