‘At the end of it all, the judges felt that 10-year-old Zaira Apparicio from St John’s Catholic Primary School had the best essay from the junior’s category and was deserving of the $5,000 cash prize.
An ecstatic Apparicio told OBSERVER media, she was surprised when she received a phone call announcing that she had won in her category and the wait was “nerve-wracking”.
“I am really happy because I never thought I would be able to do this or if I would have been able to win.”
The primary school student said she spent some time researching the topic and it got better once she decided on the concept of the essay.
From the 79 submissions in the secondary category, 15-year-old Amar Singh had the winning essay.
He was awarded a cash prize of $7,000.’
Read the full article at http://antiguaobserver.com/independence-essay-winners-announced
Congrats to the winners.
And a reminder to all that the submission deadline for the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize annual writing Challenge, which has been playing a developmental role in the growth of the literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda since 2004, is February 6th 2017.
The Wadadli Pen family also takes this opportunity to say rest in peace and job well done to two Antiguans and Barbudans whose obits were recently in print, community activists Eddie Hunte, who spoke on behalf of pensioners, and Cornelia Michael, who acted on behalf of the elderly. Here at Wadadli Pen, we are strong believers in community service, and commend these citizens for their service.