Churchill and District News
12th Writing Competition
After many hours of accepting entries, cataloguing, reading, judging and preparation, the twelfth annual Churchill and District News, Presentation Night arrived on Thursday August 1.
The venue of the Co-Operating Churches in Churchill was full of people of all ages excited, in anticipation of learning who has won what.
After some opening remarks which included welcoming everyone, thanking the wonderful sponsors and supporters of this event and their representatives, thanking the Churchill and District Team, and inviting the Reverend Brenda Burney to say a few words, the presentation of prizes began.
The sponsors and supporters included firstly our ongoing sponsors who support Churchill and District News and its activities each year:
Latrobe City Council, International Power. GDF Suez Hazelwood, Rotary Club of Hazelwood, Churchill and District Lions Club, Co-Operating Churches in Churchill,
Secondly our sponsors and supporters for this competition:
Latrobe City Council, School of Applied Media and Social Sciences- Monash University, Rotary Club of Hazelwood, Ampworks, ,Churchill and District Lions Club, Churchill Lioness Club, Allen and Unwin Publishers, Reader’s Emporium Traralgon, Gippsland Trade Printers, The Co-Operating Churches in Churchill, Gippsland Trades and Labor Council.
The media who help promote this competition
There were 76 prizes given in 10 categories in ages ranging from 7 and Under to Adults.
Special guests Russell Northe Member for Morwell, Doug Day from I.P.R. Hazelwood, Margaret Palmer from Hazelwood Rotary Club, Bob Lowick from Churchill Lions Club, Sue Lowick from Churchill Lioness Club, Peter and Sherryn Gray from AMPWORKS, Ian Combridge, chairperson of the Co-Operating Churches in Churchill, and Reverend Brenda Burney, minister of Co-Operating Churches helped to give them out.
Darrell White tendered his apology. This is the first presentation night he has missed.
208 entries were received with 152 of them being from primary school age children from Boolarra, Churchill, Hazelwood North, Lumen Christi, and Yinnar schools and several individual entries.
Thanks go to all the writers who entered, and to those who encouraged and mentored them. The judges were pleased with the standard generally, commenting about the range of creative ideas used. Well done everyone and keep up the good work.
2013 Writing Competition Winners List
Category 1: 7 and Under short Story and Poetry
Bethany Daddo- Equal first
Oriana Dale- Equal First
Aiden Barrett- Equal Second
Blake Billing- Equal Second
Stella Voarino- Equal Third
Charlize Hayes- Equal Third
Niamh O’Kane- Encouragement Award
Riley Richardson- Encouragement Award
Jem Mills- Encouragement Award
Diesel Nievaart- Encouragement Award
Hayden Middleton- Encouragement Award
Sarina Shirreff- Encouragement Award
Vivian Huynh- Encouragement Award
Nina Flake- Encouragement Award
Isla Tomokino- Encouragement Award
Mitchell Berechree.- Encouragement Award
Hayley Kamphuis- Encouragement Award
Ebonie Webb- Encouragement Award
Category 2: 8-10 Short Story and Poetry
Jack Daddo - Equal First
Nixon Hall - Equal First
Paula Hendrikse - Equal First (Illustrations)
Ruby Reilly - Equal First (Illustrations)
Amy Kuijpers - Second
Chloe Huizer - Equal Third
Breanna Ameerbeg - Equal Third
Emma Van Den Brand - Encouragement Award
Sophie Bellingham - Encouragement Award
Sydney Simpson - Encouragement Award
Bridget King - Encouragement Award
Monai Porykali - Encouragement Award
Ryan Gilpin-Gane - Encouragement Award
Hamish Sinclair - Encouragement Award
Jeremy Courtis - Encouragement Award
Shandi Sanderson - Encouragement Award
Sophie Kootstra - Encouragement Award
Category 3: Children’s 11-13 Short Story
Phoebe Richardson - Equal First
Erin Tunny - Equal First
Teisha Selzer - Equal Second
Courtney Guce-Equal Second
Holly Buckley - Equal Third
Matthew Davison - Equal Third
Crystal Libreri and Georgia Martin - Illustration Award
Bridget Cain and Elly Walker - Illustration Award
Sophie Scholes and Biancca Kelly - Illustration Award
Emily Chessum - Illustration Award
Jaryd Downes-Smith – Encouragement Award
Emily Hayes - Encouragement Award
Lara Kuijpers - Encouragement Award
Courtney Guce - Encouragement Award
Category 4: Children’s 11-13 Poetry
Holly Buckley - Equal First
Holly Buckley - Equal First.
Category 5: 14-18 Short Story
Anastasia Richmond-Miller First
Daniel Schneider- Second
Tessa Just- Encouragement Award
Kathryn Vosper- Encouragement Award.
Category 6: 14-18 Poetry
Grady Just - First
Morgaine Auton - Second
Meg Ruyters - Third.
Category 7: First Chapter of a Novel
Sharon Sandy- Equal First
Rosaline La Vie- Equal First
Jellie Wyckelsma- Third
Category 8: Adult Short Story
Desley Allen - Equal Second
Anne Powell - Equal Second
Caroline Tuohey - Equal Third
Carmel Lillis - Equal Third
Olivia Langley - Encouragement Award
Jennifer Fell - Encouragement Award
Category 9: Adult Poetry
Bill Jordan - Encouragement Award
Paul Te Wierik- Encouragement Award
Category 11: A Children’s Story
Carmel Lillis - First
Marg Wilson - Equal Second
Rosaline La Vie - Equal Second