Lily-RGYC Year 12 student Lily Russell has won the Governor’s Magna Carta Anniversary Prize as part of a worldwide celebration of the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta.

The competition was open to students in all Tasmanian high schools and secondary colleges. Lily won the Year 11/12 category with a 1000 word essay that described the importance of the Magna Carta in today’s Tasmanian society.

Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AM, Governor of Tasmania, announced the state-wide competition on 15 June, the anniversary of the sealing, and she announced the winners at Government House on Monday 16 November. Her initiative was supported by the Rotary Club of Hobart.

An edited extract from her winning essay, was published in the Mercury until the heading, Musty pages defend our rights, on Monday 16 November in talking point, pp 14-15.