Ed­i­tor's Let­ter

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Kayra Wil­liams

Sup­port from loved ones is cru­cial for any level of suc­cess. That much was clear in the wake of the

STAR 30th An­niver­sary Es­say Com­pe­ti­tion prize-giv­ing cer­e­mony held this week. In the top places were the au­thors of three of the best essays that judges Doretta Fran­cois (Star Copy Ed­i­tor), Ros­alie Piare (Teacher) and my­self had the priv­i­lege of pe­rus­ing.

Fam­i­lies of the win­ning stu­dents made them­selves avail­able for the big event, par­tic­u­larly that of our top win­ner, Khadi­jah Hal­l­i­day, a fourth-form stu­dent of Saint Joseph's Con­vent.

Af­ter she re­ceived her prizes, with her mother stand­ing du­ti­fully by her side, Khadi­jah ap­proached the STAR team seek­ing ad­vice on pur­su­ing a ca­reer in the writ­ing field. Her mother re­flected on the moun­tain of books un­der which her daugh­ter was fre­quently found buried, some­thing Khadi­jah shyly con­firmed, let­ting it be known that it was her dream to one day be­come a best-sell­ing au­thor. Need­less to say, I could re­late!

As we spoke about the end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties of where her pas­sion could lead her, I made sure she knew be­fore leav­ing our of­fices that she was on the right track. If pos­si­bly I could share any­thing more with Khadi­jah or any other as­pir­ing writer, or jour­nal­ist for that mat­ter, it would be, in the words of STAR Pub­lisher Rick Wayne: 'The im­por­tance of ex­pe­ri­ences . . . or truly liv­ing." Af­ter all, if not about their own life, ex­pe­ri­ences and per­spec­tive, then of what sig­nif­i­cance is any piece of writ­ing?

I wish all the par­tic­i­pants of our Es­say Com­pe­ti­tion the best in the fu­ture as they con­tinue to ex­cel in all ar­eas of aca­demics, and in their per­sonal lives. See the full list of win­ners on page 10 of this edi­tion.

STAR Es­say Com­pe­ti­tion win­ner Khadi­jah Hal­l­i­day (sec­ond right) with fam­ily mem­bers at Wed­nes­day's prize-giv­ing cer­e­mony.

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