Car­bon­ear teen among win­ners in pro­vin­cial po­etry con­test

The Compass - - News - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

I think not a lot of kids my age are re­ally will­ing to do this, and po­etry is some­thing kids my age don’t re­ally think about, so it’s re­ally good that I en­tered it and I’m happy that I did it, be­cause I never thought that I’d win it.

— Re­becca Sel­lars

CAR­BON­EAR, NL — Re­becca Sel­lars loves to read and write, so when she no­ticed an on­line item about a pro­vin­cial po­etry con­test themed around li­braries, she was game to give it a go.

“I do like po­etry, and I’ve done well with it in school,” said Re­becca, a Grade 8 stu­dent at Car­bon­ear Academy.

Her ef­forts paid off. Re­becca’s mother Dana was tipped off to tune in to CBC Ra­dio last Mon­day, where the win­ners of the New­found­land and Labrador Li­brary As­so­ci­a­tion rhyming po­etry con­test were set to be an­nounced. Re­becca’s poem was the win­ning en­try at the in­ter­me­di­ate level and read live on air.

“I feel happy,” the 13-yearold told the Com­pass. “I think not a lot of kids my age are re­ally will­ing to do this, and po­etry is some­thing kids my age don’t re­ally think about, so it’s re­ally good that I en­tered it and I’m happy that I did it, be­cause I never thought that I’d win it.”

For the con­test, writ­ers were tasked with sub­mit­ting a poem in­spired by the phrase “A visit will get you think­ing.” Re­becca makes reg­u­lar use of her school li­brary and is a big fan of read­ing.

“I re­ally, re­ally like to read. I read older books some­times, just be­cause I find that some­times teen books aren’t re­ally in my al­ley,” Re­becca said, adding she’s par­tic­u­larly fond of the Harry Pot­ter se­ries. As a younger child, she also en­joyed the Amanda Green­leaf books by New­found­land au­thor Ed Ka­vanagh.

Re­becca will re­ceive a prize pack­age from the pro­vin­cial li­brary as­so­ci­a­tion for her win­ning en­try.

AN­DREW ROBIN­SON/THE COM­PASS

Car­bon­ear Academy stu­dent Re­becca Sel­lars was re­cently the win­ner of a pro­vin­cial po­etry con­test spon­sored by the New­found­land and Labrador Li­brary As­so­ci­a­tion.

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