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Wokingham schoolgirl scoops writing award

Published: 25 May 2014 12:300 comments

A WOKINGHAM schoolgirl is bursting with pride after winning a writing competition.

Dasha Danilova, eight, from Wokingham

Dasha Danilova, eight, from Wokingham

Dasha Danilova, eight, is celebrating after being crowned the winner of a contest organised by the Rotary Club of Wokingham.

She beat off stiff competition to win the contest – open to anyone aged between seven and 18.

Dasha was chosen to represent her home town Wokingham in a district-wide round, though unfortunately did not progress further in the competition. Her mother Katia Danilova said: “Dasha was over the moon when I told her about her win. She was literally jumping on the school playground with joy for 20 minutes.”

Dasha’s story of respecting nature won the judges’ hearts and her achievement is all the more remarkable considering she arrived in the UK from Russia aged just five years old, not speaking a word of English.

Since then her English, and passion for writing, have come on in leaps and bounds, and her fate was set when she saw Chris Noonan’s movie Miss Potter – telling the story of famous children’s author Beatrix Potter – and she resolved to become a writer herself.

She now makes handmade books for her friends, and has been inspired to enter other writing competitions.

Dasha received her award and book voucher from Rotarian Tony Higgins, chairman of the Rotary Youth Opportunities Committee, when he visited her school, Nine Mile Ride, in Finchampstead.

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