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Graduates in line for Cosmo award

THREE CIVIL engineers have made it to the finals of Cosmopolitan magazine's Women of Achievement Awards.

In April Shona Cooper, Carol Hopper and Alex Ritchie will attend a glittering awards breakfast hosted by the magazine, infamous for its stories about sex, sex and more sex.

The three are graduate members of the Institution of Civil Engineers and were entered by ICE assistant public relations officer Dinah Lartey. They join 13 other finalists in the industry category.

According to Cosmo, young women today are 'aiming higher, reaching further and achieving more'. The awards 'celebrate the success of these remarkable women', with entrants judged on their achievements, ambitions and career commitment. Category winners receive £500, and the overall winner, chosen from the 100 finalists, £5,000.

Cooper, 25, works for consultant Aspen Burrow Crocker. Her aims include getting chartered, working in South Africa and having 'kids, the house, the adoring husband'. She is pessimistic about winning but said: 'I could do with the five grand being a civil engineer'.

Hopper, 27, is assistant resident engineer for consultant Posford Duvivier working at Clacton-on-Sea on a beach nourishment scheme.

Ritchie, 30, is chairman of ICE's national graduates committee and works as land quality manager for the National House Building Council. She said: 'I have always considered myself a Cosmo woman and now here's the proof. Whether I make it to the front cover remains to be seen'.

Gareth Gardner

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