Young writ­ers cel­e­brated at comp awards

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

The Pil­bara’s young and as­pir­ing writ­ers were cel­e­brated at an awards pre­sen­ta­tion for the Kar­ratha Young Writ­ers’ Com­pe­ti­tion last Thurs­day.

The awards, now in their third year, ac­knowl­edge the best in writ­ing among pub­lic pri­mary school stu­dents in the Kar­ratha area.

This year’s com­pe­ti­tion at­tracted en­tries from eight schools and had hun­dreds of in­di­vid­ual en­trants, all writ­ing on the theme of the Olympics.

The over­all as­pi­rant au­thor award went to Peg’s Creek Pri­mary Year 6 stu­dent Tay­lor Nielsen, 11, for her story about an Olympic swim­mer who bounced back from se­ri­ous in­jury to win at the Par­a­lympics.

She said she had fo­cused on the Par­a­lympics be­cause they rep­re­sented Olympic val­ues such as re­silience and courage.

“It shows that you can just try, be­cause even if you only have one arm or one leg, you can still par­tic­i­pate and no one can stop you from do­ing that,” she said.

Com­pe­ti­tion co-founder Ni­cole McDon­ald said mod­er­a­tors were pleased to see the Par­a­lympics, per­sis­tence and friend­ship were com­mon themes in sev­eral win­ning en­tries, in­clud­ing for Year 5/6 first-prize win­ner Theresa Budd.

Amelia McGil­vray was awarded sec­ond prize in the cat­e­gory and Sid­ney Ben­son won third.

In the Year 3/4 divi­sion, Arya Pandey claimed first place, Anna Hughes came sec­ond and Am­ber Nielsen was third.

The Year 1/2 divi­sion first prize win­ner was Kar­ratha Pri­mary stu­dent Akira Smith, while An­drea Smith took home sec­ond prize and Ge­or­gia Evers­den came third.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

The 2016 Kar­ratha Young Writ­ers' Com­pe­ti­tion win­ners and spon­sors.

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