Pupils aim to be the write stuff!

Students from Scalby School have entered the Chris Evans Radio Two 500 essay challenge. 'Some of the students pictured with their essays (from left).. Callum Henderson, Peter Davidson, Holly Louth, Helena McAleese, Luke Atkinson, Charlotte Bayes, Ben Welburn, Lydia Hodgetts, Ellis Miller.'121015a. Picture Kevin Allen.'06/03/12.
Students from Scalby School have entered the Chris Evans Radio Two 500 essay challenge. 'Some of the students pictured with their essays (from left).. Callum Henderson, Peter Davidson, Holly Louth, Helena McAleese, Luke Atkinson, Charlotte Bayes, Ben Welburn, Lydia Hodgetts, Ellis Miller.'121015a. Picture Kevin Allen.'06/03/12.

CREATIVE youngsters from a Scarborough school are aiming to make shockwaves on the airwaves in a major radio competition.

The pupils from Scalby School entered a Radio Two contest to produce a 500-word fictional story.

The challenge was laid down by DJ Chris Evans, with extra credit handed out for the originality, language and enjoyment emanating from their work.

The first round of judging will be overseen by teachers and librarians from across the country, with high-scoring entries filtered through a shortlist of 50 stories.

A select panel of celebrity judges, including comedian David Walliams, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, creator of Tracy Beaker, and Charlie and Lola writer Lauren Child will then pore over the remaining stories.

The six finalists will receive gold, silver and bronze awards, with the two winners getting a stack of books 6ft 2in tall - to reflect Mr Evans’ height - and 500 books for their school.

The second-placed students will receive 5ft 6in worth of books to mark the height of The One Show presenter Alex Jones.

Third-placed youngsters are set to win a collection of books matching their own height.

The pupils will find out if they have been successful in May.