WA Writing for Life
Winners of the Writing for Life Competition 2016
The winners of the inaugural WA Writing for life Competition for secondary students were announced on Monday 14 November 2016 at the City of Perth Library.
The winner of the 12-13 year old category was Elizabeth Marsh, from Presbyterian Ladies College, aged 12.
Ping Yap, from Presbyterian Ladies College, aged 15, won the 14-15 age group category.
In the 16-17 year old category, the winner was Eva Marsh, from Presbyterian Ladies College, aged 16 and sister of Elizabeth.
Since the entries were judged blind, it was a surprise to realise that Presbyterian Ladies College had won all three of the age categories.
The explanation perhaps was the teacher from PLC who had become very sick with lung problems and who received a transplant earlier this year. The students had obviously taken his illness to heart, one even writing about receiving new lungs.
The recipient, John Stillitano, spoke at the prizegiving ceremony with his daughter Mathilda, who told the audience about how thankful she was to have her father well again. John was only two weeks from death when he received his double lung transplant from a generous donor family.
The fourth category - ESL and Continuing Education - was a tied situation.
Naing Lin and Julia Naw from Cyril Jackson Senior Campus were judged equal winners. Julia, from Myanmar, had grown up in Karenni Refugee Camp 2 in Thailand and did not understand English when she arrived in Australia three years ago. Naing Lin, also a Karen from Myanmar, went to Bang Don Young camp in Thailand, where he copied English words by rote in school but had no idea what they meant. Both are in Year 11.
The Writing for Life Competition continues in 2017 with support from Donor Mate, who supplied prizes for the shortlisted and winning students.
Winners also received books: from Tim Winton – ‘Blueback’ and ‘The Turning’; and from Dianne Touchell, a Young Adults writer who helped judge the competition. Dianne contributed two of her books – ‘A Small Madness’ for the over 15s and ‘Forgetting Foster’, which is suitable for readers from 12 years up.
Schools will be alerted to next year’s competition and entry forms etc will be updated in due course.
Elizabeth Marsh - To See a Smile
Ping Yap - Blue
Eva Marsh - Dragon Breath
Look out for next year’s WA competition which will be held during terms 2-3 of 2017. Thank you to all the teachers, students and principals who strongly supported this year’s competition.