SGB YOUTH LITERACY COUNCIL AWARDS WRITING AND DESIGN TALENTS AT WORDS ALOUD FAMILY PROGRAM
For the twelfth year, The South Grey Bruce Youth Literacy Council has recognized promising young writers. This year, they added promising young designers to the list, too.
All contestants had to use the theme of “Ghosts”. This year’s writing winners were all from the Grades 4-6 age group, drawn from impressive entries from Sullivan, Dawnview, Hanover Heights, and Edge Hill schools, as well as some wonderful entries from homeschoolers. Prizes were awarded for both French and English creations in poetry and short story, with winners announced at the Words Aloud family production, The Ghosts of Grey County, a rollicking, freewheeling performance that included entertainers as young as 7, along with seasoned performers, in a tribute to some of the famous sons and daughters that this area has produced. The production and award ceremony was at Victoria Jubilee Hall in Walkerton on Sunday, November 1st.
Winning competition entrants included:
|| Brooklyn Doersam
||French short story:
|| Ava Mackenzie
|| Keira Charbonneau
Sarah van der heide
|| Shiloh Newton
|| Laiki McKenzie
||English short story:
|| Oxtlan Early
|| Prema Mellor
The bookmark design contest declared its first junior winner (ages 6-12): Kinsley Cobean, 12. Kinsley managed to work a joke into her design.
Bookmark runner-up was Jelena Jerkovic, and honourable mentions went to Sophie Graham and Violet Klages.
M.C. Bob Bainborough, who is also a writer, had some words of encouragement for all participants, telling them they were creating “a little bit of magic out of thin air” when they wrote stories or drew designs.
All writing winners and runners-up received cash prizes, donated by the Friends of the West Grey Library, Hanover Public Library and QUILL (Quality in Lifelong Learning) Learning Centre. The Words Aloud Festival donated free tickets to the winners, runners-up, honourable mentions and their families. The bookmark design winner and runner-up received prize packages of art supplies and free tickets to The Ghosts of Grey County. Mandy Rhody Zuk, of the Auditory Health Centre in Walkerton and a committed literacy supporter, sponsored the production venue.
Participants in Youth Literacy’s drama workshops (Literacy on its Feet) made their presence known as performers in The Ghosts of Grey County, along with the production’s creators Steve Morel and Jenny Parsons. Both performers are actively involved in the improv workshops for children and youth, which link literacy skills with performance skills. The results were, shall we say, dramatic?
SGB Youth Literacy Council