Provincial award for Upper Island Cove teen
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
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.
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.