Aldershot student wins Leacock award
One Aldershot High School student was named the overall winner and another placed as a runner-up in a provincial humour-writing competition.
The board of directors of the Leacock Associates recently announced the 2017 Stephen Leacock Student Humour Short Story Competition results.
The winner was Ben Wrixon of Burlington.
Wrixon won $1,000 for his short story, “The Name Game,” about two people on a first date who each have unfortunate-sounding first and last names when said together.
Wrixon, 17, is in Grade 11 at Aldershot High School.
One of his aspirations is to become a New York Times bestselling author.
The Leacock contest’s three top finishers will be honoured at an author’s night in Orillia on June 9. The trio will meet the shortlisted authors for the Leacock Medal for Humour — Gary Barwin, Amy Jones and Drew Hayden Taylor.
As the overall winner, Wrixon also receives two tickets to the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal Banquet gala to be held June 10 in Orillia, accommodation for two nights, and an autographed copy of the 2017 Leacock Medal winner’s book.
Among the other seven finalists was another Aldershot High School student, Brandon McWeeney.