In an age where teenagers are noted for their gadget and technological wizardry, one student at Bruton School for Girls has been praised by the Bishop of Worcester, The Right Reverend Dr John Inge, for memorising and reciting extracts from the Book of Common Prayer.
Genevieve Sang, aged 13, was one of 28 finalists aged between 11 and 18 taking part in The Cranmer Awards, a national contest run by the Prayer Book Society to introduce young people to the Book of Common Prayer created by Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, during the Reformation. Heats were held in 13 local dioceses and the winners competed in the national final in the fine setting of Old Palace, Worcester.
Chairman of the Prayer Book Society, Prudence Dailey, said: "The judges were looking for competitors able to demonstrate that they understand the words they are speaking while communicating them with clarity and fluency, in a style similar to that of a well-conducted church service."
In addition to winning the third prize of £100 in the junior category, Genevieve was presented with a certificate and a copy of the Book of Common Prayer.
Mrs Rachel Robbins, Deputy Head at Bruton School for Girls, was thrilled for Genevieve and explained how she was keeping up a winning tradition: " We have been repeatedly successful in reaching the finals of this national competition since 1997 when Chloe Naldrett won the Senior Competition and can proudly boast a further five winners since 2003. We are very proud to keep these traditions alive in a way that the girls find relevant and beneficial in the 21st Century."