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Student with Star journo writing skills

PUBLISHED: 14:17 19 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:21 03 March 2010

TALENTED writer Phong Luu hopes her award-winning spell as an Evening Star School Reporter is the first step on her way to a career in journalism.

Phong, 16, hopes to follow other students who have gone on to further study in the media and even those who have become reporters - such as our award-winning feature writer Debbie Watson, a former Star school reporter.

TALENTED writer Phong Luu hopes her award-winning spell as an Evening Star School Reporter is the first step on her way to a career in journalism.

Phong, 16, hopes to follow other students who have gone on to further study in the media and even those who have become reporters – such as our award-winning feature writer Debbie Watson, a former Star school reporter.

Phong is the winner of the high school category for our awards this year for those pupils in schools across the area who have submitted reports regularly for the paper and its website.

The judges were impressed by the high standard of the work done by the all the youngsters at primary and high schools.

Phong, who recently left Orwell High School at Felixstowe after taking her GCSE exams, was

presented with her award by the Evening Star's Felixstowe chief reporter Richard Cornwell.

Orwell headteacher David Forrest said: "I think the School Reporter scheme is superb and the quality of work produced by those taking part has been excellent and very encouraging.

"We are thrilled for Phong and we wish her well in the future."

Phong, who lives with her parents, two brothers and sister, in Runnacles Way, Felixstowe, is planning to go to sixth form at Ipswich High School from September to study A-levels in English, history,

business studies and French.

She hopes to go on to university and would like to become a journalist.

"I would like to work on a magazine and my main interest is in fashion. I have always loved English and writing, it is my favourite subject," she said.

She was delighted to win the award but a bit surprised.

She had tried to make news a priority in the pieces she wrote as a school reporter and had reviewed a school play, Dracula Spectacular, covered Red Nose Day at the school, and written about Ipswich Town.

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