Awards Galore: Poetry and Public Speaking

Congratulations goes to some of our Senior School students who have won prestigious provincial, national and international awards over the last few weeks.

The Petra Kenney Poetry Competition 2007
This is an international poetry competition open to youth all over the world. SMUS has participated in the competition for the last three years and every year a SMUS poet has collected an award in the Youth Category (14-18), including first place in our first year of competing and second place in the second year of competition. This year, two students in the Writing 12 class earned the first and second place prize.

Josh Evans was awarded first place and £250 for his poem “Looking Back.” Kelsey Harbord earned second place and £150 for her poem entitled “My Sister’s Favourite Teddy Bear.” Both winners have been invited to the award ceremony in London, England.

The Canadian League of Poets 2008 Poetic License Contest for Canadian Youth
Young Poets is a project of the League of Canadian Poets, Canada’s professional poetry organization which works to promote poetry in this country and to promote Canadian poetry around the world.

Terry Kho won second place for her poem “Lion Dance Pantoum.” SMUS students also received all three honourable mentions. These students were: Jayne Hammond for “The Owl,” Aleesha Cheta for “Inshallah,” and Josh Evans for “Inheritance.”

All winning and short listed poems were published in the League of Canadian Poets’ e-zine, Re:verse.

BC Western Public-Speaking Competition
Students from 13 schools around BC competed in this provincial level public-speaking competition at Mulgrave School in Vancouver. Grade 10 student Kristijan Gjorgjevik represented SMUS at the two-day tournament over Spring Break. The competition is broken into three categories: persuasive speaking, interpretive reading and impromptu.

After six rounds of competition Kristijan earned third place in the persuasive speaking category, which was for a three-minute prepared speech on women’s rights.

Kristijan won first place at the debating provincials in February. He will also head to Ottawa on May 3 for the National Student Commonwealth Forum, a consenus-style tournament where students will amend and pass new resolutions as well as debate in the House of Commons.

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