Yr 10 pupil wins writ­ing contest

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Mata­mata Col­lege’s Talia Parker, 15, loves writ­ing.

After pick­ing a topic for a piece of no longer than 1500 words, the stu­dent won the mid­dle di­vi­sion of a sce­nario writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion at the na­tional fi­nals of the NZ Fu­ture Prob­lem Solv­ing Pro­gramme.

The year 10 stu­dent said writ­ing was def­i­nitely for her.

‘‘It’s prob­a­bly my favourite thing we learn at school,’’ she said.

The teenager had to first pick from a range of top­ics.

What she wrote about would daunt even the most ex­pe­ri­enced of writ­ers; that, in her opin­ion, ob­jec­ti­fi­ca­tion of women would de­cline over time.

She en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion last year and came third.

This year she drew on skills learnt about cre­ative writ­ing.

Parker said she will aim to con­tinue en­ter­ing more of th­ese cre­ative writ­ing com­pe­ti­tions and en­cour­ages other young writ­ers to also en­ter them.

She had writ­ten her sce­nario in term one but the prize­giv­ing was held in Auck­land ear­lier this month.

Thanks to win­ning the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, her sce­nario will be en­tered into the in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

She will find out year how she fared.

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