Wellingborough student wins national competition and bags £5,000 for her school

Masuma was one of 20 students from across the UK to take part in the virtual grand final

Tuesday, 19th May 2020, 1:59 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th May 2020, 2:00 pm
Masuma Khanom of Sir Christopher Hatton Academy

A Wellingborough student has not only won a national competition but also secured £5,000 for her school.

Year 13 student Masuma Khanom from Sir Christopher Hatton Academy has won the national ‘Making Links Schools Challenge’ sponsored by the law firm Linklaters.

The competition is designed to give students completing A-Levels or equivalent the opportunity to develop skills they need to become the commercial lawyers of the future.

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Students were asked to answer a question on innovation through a 500-word essay – submitted topics ranged from Big Data and contactless payments to climate change and social media.

20 students from across the UK were then selected to take part in the virtual grand final.

During the rigorous two-day remote event, the students participated in numerous interactive sessions which culminated in a video presentation providing more detailed information from their original mini-essay.

In recognition of Masuma’s achievement, Linklaters will be presenting Sir Christopher Hatton with £5,000 to be invested in school projects and activities which will help build students’ academic curiosity and confidence to explore opportunities to broaden their business experience.

Co-Principal Mr Mitchell said: "This is an incredible achievement and is not achieved without hard work, dedication and focus.

"Masuma has been an exceptional and hardworking Hatton student throughout her time with us.

"We are delighted that Masuma has won this national, prestigious competition which will benefit her future greatly, whilst also enhancing the opportunities of her fellow Hatton students through the £5,000 award to the school.

"We wish Masuma every continued success in her next endeavours beyond life at Hatton and we are certain she will continue to go from strength to strength."

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