Young writers celebrated at comp awards
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.
The 2016 Karratha Young Writers' Competition winners and sponsors.