A Year 13 student has recently been celebrated for her success in a national essay competition. Sahar Abas won £500 in the annual James Hemming Essay Prize by responding to the following question: ‘A good world needs knowledge, kindliness and courage. It does not need a regretful hankering after the past or a fettering of the free intelligence by the words uttered long ago by ignorant men.’ (Bertrand Russell) Discuss. Her essay came second in the competition and can be read, along with the first and third placed essays, at James Hemming Essay Prize
Sahar was presented with her award by Dr Stephen Law, a British philosopher and scholar of Heythrop College, University of London, during a ceremony at Conway Hall. She also received books and other prizes from the British Humanist Association.