Winner's Night at Writing Competition

Churchill & District News held its annual writing competition again for the sixteenth year, with 274 entries across the nine Local categories and five categories in the Open section.
There were very few adult entries and the judges felt that the quality was not present this year as in the past, so there are not as many prizes given in those areas.
Our biggest support, as always, came from our primary schools, this year being Boolarra, Churchill, Lumen Christi, Hazelwood North, and Mirboo North. We had no entries in the 14-18 age groups. Our local schools are wonderful supporters of the competition. We have some very talented stand-out writers.
Because of that, and with our wonderful sponsors’ and supporters’ help, we are able to award many more prizes, especially for our younger writers, and just cover our costs, so we are very grateful to have all our generous sponsors who make that possible.
The goody bags and magnificent participation certificates have also been prepared for our primary age entrants, so everyone can feel encouraged to keep writing. 

Special thanks were expressed to the following guests, sponsors and supporters on the night, for making this competition possible each year:
Darrell White of Latrobe City Council, a major ongoing sponsor who contributes a regular column.
Latrobe City Council for our annual grant.
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Peter Gray from AMPWORKS - an annual sponsor of our Writing Competition and the provider of our P A System for the Junior Fishing Day.
The Rotary Club of Hazelwood and District - an annual sponsor which designates part of its sponsorship to our Writing Competition.
Bob Lowick from Churchill Lions Club - a great supporter of our paper and its activities.
Sally of Glamour Puss and Alley Cat. Reverend Brenda Burney parish minister and Ian Combridge Chairperson of the Co-Operating Churches in Churchill. The Co-Operating Churches oversees the Churchill & District News, which operates independently. Allen and Unwin Publishers - which supplies us with books.
Reader’s Emporium, which donates vouchers each year.
Gippsland Trade Printers - which contributed notepads for our participants.
Thanks were expressed also to the entrants, their teachers, principals and mentors for encouraging and supporting the writers and ensuring entries reached the news by the deadline.
The Churchill & District News team and the judges were applauded for their tireless efforts in running the competition each year, as well as all the other things like eleven issues of the paper, the sporting come and trys, and Junior Fishing Day (October 28).
This is a huge effort for this team of dedicated volunteers, but they do it conscientiously and well.
An appeal was made for advertisers to help pay for the paper which has been running at a loss at times, especially in the lead up to and closing of Hazelwood Power.
The special time of the night was the presentation of awards to our winners.
This was aided by our guests who did a great job of congratulating the successful entrants.