Provin­cial award for Up­per Is­land Cove teen

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY LAURA GRIF­FIN edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

A tal­ented young writer from Up­per Is­land Cove was rec­og­nized for her work dur­ing a cer­e­mony at The Rooms in St. John’s May 3. Allyson Rick­etts, 15, sub­mit­ted a short story to the ju­nior prose di­vi­sion to the 2014 arts and letters award pro­gram ti­tled “White out.”

The Grade 9 stu­dent at St. Peter’s El­e­men­tary was one of eight award win­ners. The award is val­ued at $350.

“I’m pretty proud of my­self,” said Rick­etts.

Her in­spi­ra­tion came from a piece of writ­ing from Grade 8 on topics like snow­mo­biles and bl­iz­zards. The story is about a snow­mo­bile race. A ghost and a boy have an en­counter and “it goes down hill pretty fast.”

Writ­ers from ages 12-18 across the prov­ince sub­mit­ted short sto­ries, es­says or dra­matic scripts to the ju­nior di­vi­sion. Allyson was told about the com­pe­ti­tion from her home­room teacher, Mrs. Lynch, who sub­mits stu­dent’s writ­ten pieces each year.

Rick­etts would rec­om­mend other stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate next year.

“It’s a re­ally cool com­pe­ti­tion; it’s a good com­pe­ti­tion to en­ter if you like writ­ing. And it’s prov­ince-wide,”

“It’s a re­ally cool com­pe­ti­tion; it’s a good com­pe­ti­tion to en­ter if you like writ­ing. And it’s prov­ince-wide.”

— Allyson Rick­etts

she said.

The pro­gram re­ceived 664 sub­mis­sions in lit­er­ary arts (in­clud­ing French), mu­sic, vis­ual arts and dig­i­tal multi-me­dia. A list of the 2014 win­ners can be found at www.gov.nl.ca/art­san­dlet­ters and win­ning work from the vis­ual arts cat­e­gories will be on dis­play at The Rooms un­til May 11.

Sub­mit­ted photo

A proud Allyson Rick­etts ac­cepts her ju­nior prose award from Paul But­ler, chair of the Arts and Letters Awards Pro­gram, at The Rooms in St. John’s on May 3.

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