London Jewish Day School Student Wins UK Anne Frank Contest

This piece was first published as “Last entry wins UK Anne Frank constest” in The Times of Israel.

Orli Vogt-Vincent (center) with the 2nd and 3rd place winners of the contest in front of 10 Downing Street. (photo credit: courtesy of Orli Vogt-Vincent)

Orli Vogt-Vincent (center) with the 2nd and 3rd place winners of the contest in front of 10 Downing Street. (photo credit: courtesy of Orli Vogt-Vincent)

Sometimes waiting until the last minute can pay off. That’s what 13-year-old Orli Vogt-Vincent of London did, and now she’s thewinner of the national “Thirteen in 13” writing contest, sponsored by the Anne Frank Trust and judged by Prime Minister David Cameron, that drew more than 1,300 entries from around the UK.

 “I entered on the last day. I was told mine was the last entry they got,” said Vogt-Vincent, a year 9 student at London’s Jewish Community Secondary School (JCoSS).

Her mother, who had seen a notice in the paper announcing the contest, had told Vogt-Vincent about it well in advance of the submission deadline. But the thoughtful teenager wanted to take her time in deciding what important change she would like to see in British society.

“I wanted to think about what I am really passionate about,” she said.

In her winning entry, Vogt-Vincent expressed a desire for an allowance for more individual creativity in the educational system.

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© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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