Mon­ster story wins lit­er­ary award

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A LO­CAL pri­mary school stu­dent’s way with words has won her first prize at the Ar­madale Young Writ­ers’ Awards.

St John Bosco Col­lege Year 5 stu­dent Serene Benny topped the Years 5 and 6 cat­e­gory with her piece This is War.

Her orig­i­nal story has mon­sters and hu­mans on the brink of war when a spy joins the en­emy as he fights to sur­vive.

Judges said the piece had “an ex­cel­lent plot twist” and used lan­guage in a way that built a sense of ex­cite­ment and in­trigue.

Serene said she en­tered to chal­lenge her­self.

“I thought en­ter­ing a com­pe­ti­tion would be an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to test my skill and see if other peo­ple en­joyed read­ing these things,” she said.

“Like all of my sto­ries, the idea came out of the blue, a ran­dom, sim­ple thought that I be­lieved could be a thrilling story.

“I was very shocked and amazed be­cause I’d never thought my story would be good enough for win­ning.

“There are so many writ­ers that have amaz­ing ta­lent and I’d never thought I’d be among them. Win­ning made me so proud of my­self and it helped me be­lieve that I could be­come a suc­cess­ful au­thor.”

Carey Bap­tist Col­lege’s Rhea Manoj won sec­ond place in the Year 9 and 10 cat­e­gory for Scream, a story about a young girl who is home alone and bat­tling with whether to in­ves­ti­gate a scream com­ing from her neigh­bour’s home.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son d486861

Serene Benny won the Ar­madale Young Writ­ers’ Awards Years 5 & 6 cat­e­gory.

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