Rachel’s top essay for Cambridge was inspired by Tolstoy

Rachel Sinha, of Boston High School, has been given the Highly Commended award in the Robinson College Essay Competition. DJ EMN-140925-110344001
Rachel Sinha, of Boston High School, has been given the Highly Commended award in the Robinson College Essay Competition. DJ EMN-140925-110344001

A talented young scientist has earned a ‘highly commended’ award as part of a University of Cambridge essay writing contest.

Year 13 Boston Grammar School pupil Rachel Sinha, 17, was only one of two youngsters to be given the award in the Robinson Essay Competition.

The competition, open to sixth formers considering a future in medicine, asks students to produce a 2,000 word essay based on a choice of quotes chosen by the Cambridge College.

Rachel chose a quote by Leo Tolstoy which said: “Though the doctors treated him, let his blood, and gave him medications to drink, he nevertheless recovered.”

She said she chose the quote because she felt it spoke to her most.

She said: “I think that quote applied to me the most in terms of that I had a lot to say about that kind of subject.

“I was writing about whether medicine is as good as we make it out to be or not.

“It was a balanced conclusion in that sometimes medicine can be helpful, but sometimes not quite as helpful as people might think.”

She said infection rates were one example of how someone going into hospital to be treated might have to be balanced with whether they could get better or worse.

Rachel’s teachers said she produced an ‘excellent piece’ that was able to demonstrate an ‘extensive level of research’ with case studies.

Louise Brown, head of sixth form at Boston Grammar School, said: “I am immensely proud of Rachel.

“Her essay was sensitive, informative and enlightening. She had obviously worked incredibly hard on it and she is thoroughly deserving of her prize.

“I wish her every success in what will undoubtedly be a very bright future.”

Rachel is currently studying biology, chemistry, maths and psychology A-levels.