By Jamie Hide
Sindella Sugden and Sienna Longo, two students from The Fernie Academy, have been selected as first-prize winners in the 2012/2013 National Student Short-Story and Poetry Contest held by Polar Expressions Publishing.
As a result of their outstanding accomplishments, Sindella, the Grade 10 Short-Story Contest winner, received $140, and Sienna, the Grade Five Poetry Contest winner received $100. The Fernie Academy received matching prizes. In addition, both students received a copy of the anthology in which their writing was published.
Along with these two first prize-winners, 19 other students from The Fernie Academy were also selected to have their writing published in these same anthologies. Their writing was chosen from thousands of pieces submitted from across the country. The national recognition highlights the emphasis that The Fernie Academy places on the written word. Congratulations to the following students who were recognized in Polar Expressions national publications: Madalon Burnett, and Hallie MacLachlan (Gr. 12), Sindella Sugden Lingard, and Sascha van Zyl (Gr. 10), Evan Traverse, Eva Sombrowski, Maria Landa, Leela Hafeezi, Gillian Craig, Zachary Bullock, and Jacob Blair (Gr. 9), Andrew Craig, Lauren Samycia, and Maelle Weber (Gr. 7), Nathan Bullock, Emma Fyfe, Ava Hozjan, Emma Morgan, Malia Samycia, and Anika Traverse (Gr. 6), and Sienna Longo (Gr. 5).
Polar Expressions Publishing is proud to be able to showcase the amazing work of Canadian students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. Their intent is to provide a tool to educators in promoting poetry and prose with the goal of inspiring a lifelong enchantment. The contests are an opportunity for students across our diverse nation to see their work in print and compare it with that of their peers. For the two student contests (poetry and short story), Polar Expressions received entries from over a thousand teachers across Canada. More than $11,500 in cash was awarded to students and schools. Polar Expressions also gave more than $10,000 worth of books to school libraries after these contests.