Student authors published in storybook, thanks to GMAC Great Canadian Writing Contest



    Winners from Vancouver, BC to Forteau, NL

    TORONTO, June 12 /CNW/ - Sixteen grade 5 and 6 students from the west to
the east coast of Canada are now published authors, coming out tops in this
year's GMAC Great Canadian Writing Contest. Close to 1,900 students competed
in the national, bilingual contest, made possible by founding sponsor General
Motors Acceptance Corporation of Canada, Limited (GMAC) and managed by ABC
CANADA Literacy Foundation. When the dust had cleared, one grade 6 student and
four grade 5 students were judged regional winners, and 11 students were named
first-place provincial and territorial winners.
    To enter the contest, which ran from February 19 to April 25, 2007, grade
5 and 6 students submitted an original story of approximately 200 words, in
English or French, based on the contest theme of family, along with an
illustrated 'book cover.' The entries were judged for originality and
creativity, storytelling and story flow, sentence structure, grammar and
spelling. "We were overwhelmed by the imaginations of these young writers,"
says Margaret Eaton, President of ABC CANADA. "They clearly rose to the
creative challenge, and were guided as well by good interaction with their
parents and teachers."

    Boundless creativity

    The five regional winners' stories, for example, involved a family dog
telling a story about his place in the family; a heartwarming dedication to
"heroes Mom and Dad"; a 'fantasy' on how a young boy is treated so royally by
his family members that he thinks they are aliens; a sentimental visit to
Grandma's attic; and a beaver's ambition to attend a dance.

    Great prizes

    Beyond their stories and illustrations being published, regional winners
also receive a Sharp Electronic Dictionary PWE560 and their school, library or
family literacy program receives a donation of $1,000 worth of books, courtesy
of HarperCollinsCanada. The first-place winners, also published, receive the
Sharp Electronic Dictionary along with a one-year subscription of OWL or
J'aime Lire Magazine. Second- and third-place winners were also selected in
some provinces and territories (a complete list is posted on
www.gmacgreatcanadianwritingcontest.ca) and they receive a prize pack,
containing a Tangled Tales game or Scene It - Nickelodeon Edition from Mattel
Canada Ltd. and an autographed copy of Kenneth Oppel's book Airborn from
HarperCollinsCanada. (Mr. Oppel also participated, earlier in the year, in a
special visit to Fielding Drive Public School in Ottawa, the recipients of an
early-bird random draw, in support of the contest.) The storybooks were
published courtesy of Toronto-based grafikom MIL.

    Fostering literacy

    This contest attests to GMAC's commitment to fostering literacy. "The
GMAC Great Canadian Writing Contest is designed to engage children in writing,
while providing a fun and exciting activity that turns winning writers into
published authors," says Thomas E. Dickerson, President, GMAC.

    The GMAC Great Canadian Writing Contest is made possible due to founding
sponsor General Motors Acceptance Corporation of Canada, Limited (GMAC) and is
managed by ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation.

    List of winners, attached

    FOR STORIES, PLEASE GO TO: www.abc-canada.org/gmac/en/winners.shtml
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    ABC CANADA acknowledges the generosity of our partners for 2007: Coast
Paper; Dave Whamond/Threeinabox.com; grafikom MIL; HarperCollinsCanada; J'aime
Lire Magazine; Mattel Canada Ltd.; Maud Street Printing Services; Owlkids; and
Sharp Electronics of Canada Ltd.

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    ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation is the national charity committed to
promoting family, adult and workplace literacy to the general public and to
the private sector. ABC CANADA's focus is on public awareness programs,
providing promotional support to local literacy groups, and conducting
research to further the development of a fully literate Canadian population.
www.abc-canada.org.

    General Motors Acceptance Corporation of Canada, Limited (GMAC), is a
subsidiary of GMAC LLC, a Delaware corporation. GMAC's financing operations
offer a wide range of financial services and products (directly and
indirectly) to retail automotive consumers, and automotive dealerships. These
products and services include the purchase of installment sales contracts and
leases and extending floor plan and other lines of credit primarily to GM
dealers. www.gmac.ca.

    
                                 2007 Winners
    

    REGIONAL WINNERS

    North-West Region (British Columbia, Yukon, NWT, Nunavut)
    It Is Not Fair!
    by Khan Kim, Grade 5, Vancouver, BC

    West-Central Region (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba)
    My Hero
    by Celina Ma, Grade 5, Calgary, AB

    Ontario Region
    Where's My Family?
    by Charlie Stone, Grade 5, Toronto, ON

    Quebec Region
    A Day Of Treasures
    by Sara Capanna, Grade 5, La Salle, QC

    East Region (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, Newfoundland and Labrador)
    The Scandal
    by Sacha Ruzzante, Grade 6, Halifax, NS


    FIRST-PLACE PROVINCIAL/TERRITORIAL WINNERS (11 selected this year)

    J'ai eu la surprise de ma vie quand ma soeur a ouvert la porte...
    by Chantelle Duval, Grade 5, Yellowknife, NWT

    Grandpa's Present
    by Emma Steer, Grade 5, West Vancouver, BC

    My Family Is Right For Me
    by Duncan Alexander, Grade 6, Calgary, AB

    If Only
    by Kasey Prosko, Grade 6, Arborfield, SK

    The Family From Space
    by Brendan Moon, Grade 5, Portage la Prairie, MB

    My Family Survival Guide
    by Trent Duggan, Grade 5, Ottawa, ON

    Detailed Description of Family - A Worthy Family Cat's Point of View
    by Véronique Ouellette, Grade 6, Drummondville, QC

    New Born Foal
    by Alicia Park, Grade 6, Forteau, NL

    Un trou entre le passé et le présent
    by Marc-André Manuel, Grade 6, Hanwell, NB

    Ma Famille! Est-elle normale?
    by Natalie LeBlanc, Grade 6, Wellington, PE

    The Day My Brother Fell In The Toilet
    by Jocelyn Pitman, Grade 6, Yarmouth, NS


    SECOND-PLACE PROVINCIAL/TERRITORIAL WINNERS (11 selected this year)

    The Right Choice
    By Lisa Giovanetto, Grade 6, Yellowknife, NWT

    The Squirlingtons
    By Lauren Kembi, Grade 6, Vancouver, BC

    The Day Almost Everything Went Wrong
    By Braden Deagle, Grade 5, Veteran, AB

    The Cougar
    By Jon Vanneste, Grade 5, Saskatoon, SK

    Hidden Love
    By Injeong Yang, Grade 6, Winnipeg, MB

    My Name is Rodgers
    By Chase Simmons, Grade 5, Ennismore, ON

    The Shipwreck
    By Madeleine Sinclair, Grade 6, Montreal, QC

    The Four Little Porcupines
    By Adam Flynn, Grade 5, Forteau, NL

    Lions, Tigers and Alligators, Oh My!
    By Lily Fletcher, Grade 5, Harvey Station, NB

    The Perfect Family
    By Patti Douglas, Grade 6, Mount Stewart, PEI

    The Campground
    By Devin White, Grade 5, Beaver Bank, NS


    THIRD-PLACE PROVINCIAL/TERRITORIAL WINNERS (7 selected this year)

    I Hope I Don't Pass Out Too!
    By Sarah Nesbitt, Grade 5, Yellowknife, NWT

    Logan's Wish
    By Valerie Nair, Grade 5, Vancouver, BC

    What A Sister Is For
    By Heidi Upham, Grade 6, Calgary, AB

    Ride of a Lifetime
    By Gina Watt, Grade 5, Winnipeg, MB

    Family Freaks
    By Amber Noro, Grade 6, Markham, ON

    Teamwork Goes A Long Way
    By Erica Marrone, Grade 6, LaSalle, QC

    It's OK To Cry
    By Erin Boutiler, Grade 5, Beaver Bank, NS





For further information:

For further information: ABC CANADA: Karen Benner, Manager of
Communications, (416) 218-0010, ext. 122 or 1-800-303-1004, ext. 122,
kbenner@abc-canada.org; GMAC: Sarah Coronel, Marketing Communications
Supervisor, (416) 234-6322 or 1-800-599-8826, ext. 6322, sarah.coronel@gm.com

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