Young writer makes her mark in con­test

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Be­com­ing an au­thor has al­ways been a dream for Awhina Pearce.

Now thanks to an in­ter­na­tional writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion, she could be well on the way.

The Mata­mata Col­lege Year 10 stu­dent was last week pre­sented with an award af­ter plac­ing fourth at the In­ter­na­tional Fu­ture Prob­lem Solv­ing fi­nals in the sce­nario writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Awhina said writ­ing has al­ways some­thing she’s wanted to do.

A teacher in­tro­duced her to sce­nario writ­ing, which is writ­ing a scene in the fu­ture about an is­sue that could hap­pen, while also re­lat­ing to a topic.

The sub­ject Awhina selected was called ocean soup and she wrote about the waste and lit­ter that is build­ing up in the ocean and how it’s af­fect­ing the wild life. She had a word limit of 1500.

‘‘I got right up to the limit and I went a bit over so I had to go back and delete a few words.’’

Awhina said it was awe­some ex­pe­ri­ence to write some­thing for an in­ter­na­tional

been com­pe­ti­tion. ‘‘I didn’t think too much of it at the time, I thought I could do well but I didn’t re­ally think it would go to the in­ter­na­tion­als.’’

The com­pe­ti­tion first starts on a na­tional level be­fore selected pieces are sent to the in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Awhina said it felt un­real when she was told she had placed fourth.

‘‘It didn’t re­ally sink in. I got home and my mum told me that she’d got a phone call from my teacher say­ing that I had come fourth.’’

She said it didn’t be­come real un­til later on. She was pre­sented with a tro­phy at school as­sem­bly last Thurs­day.

Awhina placed sec­ond at the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion last year, along with fel­low Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent Talia Parker who placed third.

The top three sto­ries were sent on to com­pete with writ­ers from Aus­tralia, Hong Kong, In­dia, Ja­pan, Korea, Malaysia, Por­tu­gal, Sin­ga­pore, Turkey, Bri­tain and the United States.

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