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CSFC student wins global competition

Cardiff Sixth Form College is very proud to hear the news that student Ece has won the Harvard Crimson Global Essay Competition in the creative category.

The Harvard Crimson Global Essay Competition (HCGEC) provides a platform for young, ambitious high school students to exercise their writing skills in a non-traditional environment. The competition encourages students to challenge themselves and explore different writing styles to ultimately strengthen their writing skills.

HCGEC is run by The Harvard Crimson (the daily student newspaper of Harvard University founded in 1873) and Crimson Education (the world’s leading US/UK university admissions support company).

Ece, current A2 student from Turkey, entered the competition after being sent the details by the CSFC English and Languages department. To compete in the global round, participants had to go head-to-head with local participants and place in the top 10 of the regional qualifiers. The 5 regions are:

  • Australia and New Zealand
  • Central and South America
  • East, South and Southeast Asia
  • Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Russia and Central Asia
  • North America

Participants like Ece who progressed to the global final had almost 2 weeks to elaborate on their regional submissions and submit their final essay. The top eight submissions of the final 50 from the worldwide entries won prizes.

As the winner of first place in the Creative category Ece beat participants from around the world and won:

  • Exclusive Harvard Crimson Internship with letter of recommendation
  • $1,000 cash prize
  • $1,000 Crimson mentorship credit
  • Harvard merchandise

A huge congratulations to Ece for her fantastic achievement!

You can read Ece’s winning essay, entitled ‘Limbo’, here


Harvard Crimson Global Essay Competition 2021 Results


  • FIRST PLACE: Ece, United Kingdom
  • SECOND PLACE: Sophia, Portugal
  • THIRD PLACE: Hiewon, South Africa

Argumentative category:

  • FIRST PLACE: Felipe, Brazil (with ELL Distinction)
  • SECOND PLACE: Tan, Singapore
  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNER: Mukhamed, Kazakhstan