Alder­shot stu­dent wins Lea­cock award

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - TIM WHITNELL Burling­ton Post

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.

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