Congratulations to Sixth Former, Natalia, on being awarded a runner up prize in the Young Anthropologist Writing Competition, run by The Horniman Museum and Goldsmith's University.
All entrants were required to submit a 1,000 word essay on an object of great importance in their lives, titled 'What Do You Hold Dear?' What is it, why is it important to you and what stories can it tell?
The organisers received a record number of entries this year and just three prizes were awarded, with Natalia's being in the top three.
As soon as I heard about the competition, I knew what I would write about - I chose a bag of Venezuelan Harina Pan flour. My mother is Venezuelan and choosing the flour allowed me to write about my identity and my relationship with my mum. It is a very personal essay.
Harina Pan flour (ground corn/maize flour) is mixed with water and salt, and cooked in a skillet to make Arepas. Arepas are cornmeal cakes (small flat breads), traditionally served with fillings such as black beans and cheese.
Natalia's full essay will be printed in The Dauntseian later this year.