Local HS Students Recognized for Creative Writing

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Three aspiring student writers will be recognized for their creative musings at the 2nd Annual Kingston Writers Festival. Close to two-hundred area youth submitted their writing to the Youth Project writing contest: You Think You can Write and all three finalists are Limestone students.

Congratulations to:

First Place Winner:
Rylee Raeburn-Gibson, Frontenac Secondary School

Two Finalists:
Rachel Kennedy, LaSalle Secondary School
Steven Bates, LaSalle Secondary School

Area high school students were invited last May to submit a piece of creative writing to the Think You Can Write? writing contest as part of The Kingston Writers Festival’s Youth Program. Students had to submit a piece of writing in any genre, no more than 750 words in length, and the text had to include five specific words that were provided.


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Students wrote the contest during one instructional period in their school’s library, edited it at home, and submitted their entry to the teacher-librarian in their school.  One-hundred and eighty-nine submissions were received and three local Kingston writers chose 30 of the best which were then forwarded to Toronto author Cordelia Strube who chose the winner and two finalists.

The students will formally recognized at the International Marquee event at the Grand Theatre on Friday, September 24 at 7:30 pm.

The Youth Project, which includes the writing contest and field trip, is sponsored in part by the TD Bank and supported by local school boards. The Youth Project aims to encourage young writers and expose local students to great Canadian writers by offering events designed specifically for young people.

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