3rd Young Writers competition results

ON Monday 12th March, a group of hopeful young writers, their parents and teachers assembled at a presentation ceremony held at Seaford Head Lower school to hear the results of the 3rd Rotary Club of Seaford Young Writer competition.
The main purpose of the competition is to provide year 6 students with the opportunity to express themselves in literary form which should improve their communication skills and help them develop the ability to write more advanced essays and similar work. The competition was open to students in full time education in the Seaford area with a qualifying age of 10 on the 31st August 2017. Entries were made through the entrant's primary school. Each primary school invited to take part selected and submitted four entries.
The task was to produce a written or typed fiction or non-fiction story, or a poem entitled, 'A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE'. This subject title was not one selected by Rotary Club of Seaford but was one selected by Rotary International in Britain and Ireland (RIBI). Rotarian Mike Allen who chaired the proceedings said “I take my hat off to all the young people who have attempted to write a piece on this subject. I must admit that when I first became aware of this topic, I was scratching my head to ascertain exactly what it meant, and I’m not too sure that I’m any the wiser now. Some of the work put forward by the young people seems to excel my own thoughts on the subject.”
The winning entry of the Seaford competition will be entered in the Rotary District competition to compete against winners of Young Writer competitions arranged by other Rotary Clubs.
Mike Allen introduced the three independent judges:
• Mary Young, a retired primary school Headteacher and local dramatist having acted in and produced plays for the Little Theatre over several years
• Giles Paley-Phillips, a local author of books for children and a former pupil of Seaford Head school
• Paul Johnson, Head of English at Seaford Head School
Also present at the ceremony were Bob Ellis, Headmaster of Seaford Head school, the Mayor of Seaford Councillor Linda Wallraven, Seaford Young Mayor Thomas Exley, Seaford Rotary Club Vice President Steven Willox and other members of Seaford Rotary Club.
Each finalist was awarded a certificate presented by Seaford Young Mayor Thomas Exley, and the three best entries were read out in reverse alphabetical order to the assembled audience so that the suspense as to who had submitted the winning entry was maintained.
Rotarian Mike Allen opened the envelope containing the results and read out in reverse order the names of the third, second and first prize winners.
The Mayor of Seaford Councillor Linda Wallraven presented the prizes.
Third prize was awarded to Liam Kapoen from Annecy Catholic Primary School for his poem ‘A Different Perspective on Drowning’. Before he read the poem to the audience, judge Giles Paley-Phillips said that the judges liked this entry as the poetry is used as a language rather than a narrative.
The prize for runner-up was presented to Jago Mather from Seaford Primary School. Paul Johnson said that the judges liked this piece which was not a conventional story, there are no characters, but is about a person with a strong sense of character talking to the reader about their opinions. It is quite funny.
The audience had therefore deduced that the winner of the 2018 young Writers competition was Millie Southerden from Annecy Catholic Primary School, who then when her name was announced came forward to collect her prize.
Mary Young said that the story was written with great sensitivity, has good descriptive passages, the emotions were very well handled, and characters plausible. There is a sense of impending danger and changes of mood.
The final prize is that awarded to the school of the winning Young Writer. Seaford Rotary Club Vice President Steven Willox presented the school prize won by Annecy Catholic Primary School to Sarah Parker, a teacher from the school.
Tokens of appreciation were then given to the judges and thanks given to Seaford Head school for use of their facilities and to Rotarians who made the preparations for the presentation ceremony.

posted: Monday, 12 March 2018

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