Burgess Hill linguist keeps climbing

Success continues for Burgess Hill language student, heading to China this month as a finalist in the International Linguistics Olympiad

Following her recent Academic Achievement of the Year award in the ‘Youth in Action’ adulation awards, Ellie Warner, an upper sixth student at Burgess Hill School, has been awarded the Rotary Young Achiever Award by the Rotary Club.

Earlier this year Ellie was chosen to represent the UK at the International Linguistics Olympiad in Beijing, which takes place this month. Ellie qualified for round 2 in early February 2014 by sitting a tough two-and-a-half hour paper with questions on Turkish, Kairak, Ilokano, Lontara and a musical code. 

With approximately 3000 students participating, only the top 16 were picked for the next round, which was held at Liverpool Hope University. This was a residential course with training, talks and activities. Students also sat another paper in Swahili, Hungarian, Navajo, Yidiny and cognates in Tangholic languages.

Ellie has been offered a place at Clare College, Cambridge to read Chinese Studies. In the future, she would like to work in international relations, ideally the Foreign Service. 



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