The IEA is delighted to announce the results of this year’s Essay Competition for the Dorian Fisher Memorial Prize. The top prize of £1,000 went to Daniel Sharp of Abingdon Boys School for an essay on the question “What does economic theory (such as that of Optimal Currency Areas) suggest about the causes of the crisis in the Eurozone and the possible ways forward?”. The three runner up prizes of £500 each went to Chiraag Patel (Merchant Taylors School), Shane Mahen (Queen Elizabeth’s School Barnet), and Laura Doel (St Mary’s Calne). Those who came just outside the top four included Oscar Ellis (Berkhamstead School), Nick Gill (Birkenhead), Gino Engle (Birmingham Metropolitan), Helena Finch and Valerie Tsui (Cheltenham Ladies College), Alisha Kapoor (Henrietta Barnett School), Nkush Sodha and Jeffrey Xiao (Q E Barnet), Will Pearce (The Judd School), Nishith Hegde (King Edward Five Ways), Keegan Creighton (Simon Langton Grammar School), John Ogundele (Liverpool Blue Coat), and Joe Baldwin, Matthew Burt and Chris Gao (Royal Grammar School High Wycombe). The prize of £500 for the highest number of entries went to Queen Elizabeth’s School Barnet with Berkhamstead School, Royal Grammar School High Wycombe, Wellington College, and Birkenhead School also featuring. The IEA’s Education Director, Dr Steve Davies, said: “This year the average quality was very high, which made the task of the judges in picking the top four entries very demanding. There were more entries than last year and an improvement on the already high standard of work. There was also a larger number of schools represented than in previous years and a very even spread of answers over the three topics. The responses to the question on how to improve the A Level syllabus were in general both original and thoughtful. All of the top entries showed both clarity of argument and originality of thought, as well as evidence of original research. I would like to extend my warmest...
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