Writing award so impressive for Sophie

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Whitby Community College pupil Sophie Miocevich picked up a prestigious prize for literature this week.

Sophie received the Boardman/Tasker Charitable Trust Young Writer Award for 16-25 year olds on Wednesday morning, in a special ceremony at the college.

The trust was established to promote literature by providing an annual award to authors of literary works, the central theme of which is concerned with mountains.

It commemorates the lives of Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker, who died while approaching the peak of Mount Everest and is given to the author or authors of an original work which has made an outstanding contribution to mountain literature.

The prize was set up by family and friends in the mens’ honour in 1983. It is the only known award for mountain literature and attracts entries from all over the world.

Ms Terry Tasker, a trustee at the Boardman/Tasker Trust, and sister of Joe Tasker, told the Whitby Gazette: “We hope Sophie is one in a long line of new writers emerging and setting the standard for other young writers who may be interested in making a further career in mountain climbing or such similar adventures.”

Ms Tasker, who lives in Castleton, added: “It is a particular honour that this winner comes from our region.”