Etelä-Tapiolan Lukio IB gets its first VIKSU winner.

Earlier this year we were delighted to learn that Tuula Ritakari wrote a winning entry in the annual essay writing competition organized by the Finnish Academy. Seven winners in the international competition (between IB schools) are selected from tens of candidates competing for this prestigious prize.

Tuula wrote an essay on the policies of Khrushchev during the Cuban Missile Crisis, a much explored topic which required a different spin to make it stand out from the crowd. Tuula achieved this through the depth and sensitivity of her psychological insight into the complex Soviet leader, who personified a curious balance between calculation and rashness. A monetary prize, certificate and a cuddly toy were presented by the Minister of Education Jukka Gustafsson and the Chairman of the Suomen Akatemia Heikki Mannila. Beatbox musician Felix Zenger and guitarist Petteri Sariola provided the entertainment in this happy event.

Despite this being our first IB win, it represents the second successive victory for an Etis student. Can we return with a further triumph in 2013? The challenge is on!


David Crawford