Meet 2019’s STABILO Young Journalist of the Year winner!

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11th October 2019

THE results are in and it’s time to reveal the winner for this year’s STABILO Young Journalist of the Year. Drum roll please… it’s Samuel Canlett!

Samuel wrote a very touching piece about a local initiative, the Walsall Against Single Use Plastic (W.A.S.U.P.) scheme to fight plastic pollution.

“It was wonderful to find out I had won the competition,” he said. “I feel over the moon and I can’t wait to see my article published.”

The talent of our young journalists delights the judges every year, making it very difficult to choose a winner! Samuel will receive a STABILO prize bundle of goodies for everyone in his class!

Check out Samuel’s winning column:

“W.A.S.U.P (Walsall against Single Use Plastic) is a recently launched project to stop single use plastic getting into the ocean and affecting marine life and our health. The project was founded by professor Gatrad, a consultant paediatrician at the Manor Hospital in Walsall, on the 23rd of January 2019. As part of the project, this summer, 34 schools in Walsall, in the West Midlands, took part in making different models from plastic and other waste materials to display at Walsall college. The aim of this exhibition was to educate the public that it is important to reduce single use plastic in our everyday lives to protect the environment for future generations.

The exhibition was free of charge on the sixth and eighth of July from 10am-2pm. Each of the schools designed and constructed their model, examples included dolphins, palm trees, a whale’s tail, Terry the turtle and Alumwell Infant School’s marvellous octopus. The children also displayed some pieces of writing that explained how they made the models and highlighted the impact of plastic pollution on the environment.

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piggy2018 · 2 years ago

#first to reply

emmac · 2 years ago

I am the first to reply!☝️

poppypapa · 2 years ago

Congratulations Finlay. Your piece of writing was great you deserved the prize:-)

aseil11 · 2 years ago

CONGRATS finlay anderson u totally deserve the prize. your amazing!!!!!

hockey.xx · 2 years ago

Well done i thought judging was on the 7th though?

booklover4 · 2 years ago

#great entery
I love it !

amaze4 · 2 years ago


maevegall · 2 years ago


seaparrot · 2 years ago

Congrats Finlay ?

poppypapa · 2 years ago

I would of mistook you for a professional reporter ?

lakshmi · 2 years ago

well done

llamatoast · 2 years ago


ac20 · 2 years ago


skyangel · 2 years ago

Congratulations Finlay

hockeygolf · 2 years ago

first to reply

skateboy · 2 years ago

congrats FIN

abdul786 · 2 years ago

you deserved it ????

skateuk · 2 years ago

but your writing seems amazing!
if i didn't know you were a child i would have thought it was an adult!
shame i don't have you writing in my newspaper!

jedigeorge · 2 years ago

Great column, I wish I could make a column that good

waterlogs · 2 years ago


cutecat19 · 2 years ago


nergit · 2 years ago


kai1502 · 2 years ago


kai1502 · 2 years ago


saaie · 2 years ago

who cares about who replies first

sao · 2 years ago

Wow!!Congrats Finlay, you should definitely become a sports journalist when your older, even though you sound like one now!!!?‍??


nanodream · 2 years ago

I don’t mean to be negative but that was quite biased

vfoucault · 2 years ago

huge congrats!!!!

spaddoosh · 2 years ago


donkey4 · 2 years ago

wow well done finlay you totally deserve the prize

rainbow9 · 1 year ago


mollyboo8 · 1 year ago

Great work, Finlay. I think I sound like a teacher!! ;-)

docgirl · 1 year ago

WOW!!! finlay congrats!!

meindahuzz · 1 year ago

idk what to say

firstdog · 1 year ago

what the......

ojasvi · 1 year ago


ommd2014 · 1 year ago

Hope we win the big game again soon

willo · 1 year ago

Congratulations on an impressive piece of writing, Finlay. Your article was excellent. However, we have some feedback for the judges: we're disappointed that the prize wasn't awarded for a more challenging subject. (There were many in the runners-up list). We feel that the best journalism challenges and enlightens readers (as nearly all the FN reports do - that's why we like it; it makes us think), and offers the opportunity to reflect on important issues. This increasingly important side of journalism seemed to be missing in the winning article.

lilywpink · 1 year ago

congratulations Finlay

lilywpink · 1 year ago

congratulations Finlay you won

skyangel12 · 1 year ago

Congrats!!! Finlay definitely deserves it

teddyfer · 1 year ago

Awesome writing!
It was so interesting ???

teddyfer · 1 year ago

Cool article Finlay.
You could definitely write articles for first news when you're older. You could even do it now ?????????????????????????????????

edmonds123 · 1 year ago

well done finlay you go for the job of a sports journelist congrats?

ommd2014 · 1 year ago

Hope we win the competition

pipahoy · 1 year ago

WOW WELL DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????

Aishah22 · 1 year ago

Good for u

Aishah22 · 1 year ago

Don’t get why u lot r so gassed
CALM down peeps

yoda1 · 1 year ago


agossus · 1 year ago


rowaho · 1 year ago

nice work filay.

rowaho · 1 year ago


sammyboy · 1 year ago

no i am first to reply

bob29 · 1 year ago

Awesome congrats???

puglife · 1 year ago

my names jeff

i like beans

i have a bald shiny head

i like eggs

brh_21 · 1 year ago


agentlord · 1 year ago


tka10 · 1 year ago

congrats well done

shangles · 1 year ago

well done · 1 year ago

Congrats Finlay, your work was great and you totally deserved to win the prize!

fernanda10 · 1 year ago

Well done Finlay great piece of writing!

scuba22 · 1 year ago


flybee · 1 year ago

I would comment but I don’t what to say. Apart from of course

katiepie · 1 year ago

????????? can't be bothered

llama37 · 1 year ago

well done finlay you put my writing to shame and you captured the excitement of the world cup amazingly!

izzylottie · 1 year ago

Well done

crimson · 1 year ago


forkpower · 1 year ago

Great! You are fit for being a reporter...

canser999 · 1 year ago


patimus · 1 year ago

What child would want to meet him?
and well done

samwise · 1 year ago

Well done you are going to be a journalist when you grow up????????

hector7 · 1 year ago

I really want to win!

jan2019 · 12 months ago

Great entery

dynamaniac · 12 months ago

Well done 👍

pig101 · 11 months ago

I love first news

miasteele1 · 11 months ago

what is this sport

me345 · 10 months ago

What did he do?

yvonne2009 · 10 months ago

you are so so so lucky boy

yofootball · 10 months ago


mimyays · 10 months ago

I like the writing and well done!!! 👍📝🤩😀

tanishs · 9 months ago

how did you do that

tanishs · 9 months ago

i can not believe it like no one in the world can do that

omangion · 9 months ago

That looks great!

ganand · 9 months ago

wel done finlay

kingdino1 · 9 months ago

I am the first to reply!

kingdino1 · 9 months ago

I like the writing and well done!!! 👍📝🤩😀

I like the writing and well done!!! 👍📝🤩😀

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cool_prome · 8 months ago

good job!

hermie1 · 8 months ago

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sarasattar · 8 months ago


sao · 7 months ago

Congrats, an amazing piece 😲

saxophone7 · 6 months ago

Wow you're so good at writing i am all about saving the planet congrats :)

wireskid · 6 months ago

Well done Samuel

wireskid · 6 months ago

Deserved Samuel!😀

nergit · 5 months ago

Well done!

fidgetgirl · 5 months ago

good awareness, Finlay

rsingh1 · 5 months ago

Well done Samuel

irem · 5 months ago

Congrats Samuel!
I like the save the environment theme!

beabopper · 5 months ago


billiboi · 5 months ago


(20 minutes later he goes to the corner of his room and starts crying lol)

lucas0805 · 5 months ago

well done and i am your 100th reply

bamboomilk · 4 months ago

I am 101.

nottheoxd · 4 months ago

I'm 102 but well done finlay 👏😎🤣

superdork · 4 months ago

I thought it was Samuel?

edmonds123 · 3 months ago

I read this and it was great Well done Finlay you deserved it!!!

samcan · 2 months ago

I won the box is literally 50kg

alexamek · 2 months ago

let me win im getting bored

abifrog123 · 2 months ago


xwingpablo · 1 month ago

just read it and it is really good! well done Finlay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

xwingpablo · 1 month ago

I totally agree with what you said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
well done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

amebra · 1 month ago

well done

izzah2610 · 3 weeks ago


samcan · 5 days ago

The prize was £1000/50KG of stationary

BTW its Samuel finlay was 2018