Joshua Wooller is selected for the Young Writers Showcase

On Monday 30 March, Joshua Wooller from The Scots College ('14) was informed that his major Higher School Certificate work in English Extension 2 was selected for the 2014 Young Writers Showcase; an anthology comprising the works of only a few candidates from New South Wales.

Joshua, College Prefect, enthusiastic drama student, screenplay writer and keen public speaker was also, along with four other Scots boys, selected for OnSTAGE in 2014; the College's first-ever HSC group performance to make this selection. The group's devised show culminated in a sold-out performance at the Seymour Centre in February this year.

Since having his work In Russia, you must not wake anybody selected, St Paul's College has shown interest in turning the dual showcase recipient's play into a production. Joshua, who would be directing the play, said, "When I was writing, I was envisioning that my work would be performed. I'm very excited to see how it will come to life."

"Joshua's piece is a clever satire. His writing skills are profound and he paints a vivid picture of the notorious context surrounding Joseph Stalin's death," said Mr Dougal Parsons, Assistant Head of English at The Scots College.

"It displays deft use of humour and absurdity to convey a larger message about the pervasive anxiety of state-controlled living that limited personal freedoms."

Earlier in 2014, Joshua's involvement in Improv Soap Opera; the first Secondary student show to ever be included in the Sydney Comedy Festival, sparked his desire to finish his schooling on a high note. He said, "I spent a whole year working on my short play and therefore having it selected for the Young Writers Showcase was the validation I needed that hard work does pay off."

"At Scots, we value the quest for excellence through adventure, curiosity, creativity and growth. Joshua's creative explorations demonstrate ingenuity and dedication to our educational vision. I would like to congratulate him for his outstanding piece; worthy of the recognition it has received," Dr Ian Lambert, Principal, commented.