OECTA's Young Authors Awards recognize excellence in student writing

    TORONTO, June 9 /CNW/ - Fifty students from across Ontario have won
creative writing awards from the Ontario English Catholic Teachers'
Association (OECTA). A complete list of the 2008 winners of Young Authors/Prix
jeunes écrivains and their entries can be found on the OECTA website at
    The Young Authors Awards program recognizes the excellent creative
writing of students in Ontario's publicly funded Catholic schools, both in
English and French. Winners are selected from hundreds of entries across the
province for poetry, short stories, plays and non-fiction.
    "These pages are filled with creativity and imagination," says OECTA
president Elaine Mac Neil. "It's exciting to consider that these young
writers, whose talent is highlighted in this competition, may become the
playwrights, journalists, scientists and mathematicians of tomorrow."
    OECTA has fostered the Young Authors Awards as an effective literacy
program in Catholic schools since 1985. For every student who makes it to the
provincial level of competition, there are thousands more across the province
who participate in, and benefit from, the program.
    Following the preliminary judging done by teachers at the local level, 19
teachers from different OECTA units served on a provincial selection committee
to choose the winners.
    The winning entries are published in a commemorative book, which is
presented to each winning student. Copies are distributed to the students'
schools, their teachers, to directors of education, school board trustee
associations, and main branches of public libraries in the province. The Young
Authors Awards publication is also shared with Ontario Premier Dalton
McGuinty, Kathleen Wynne, the Minister of Education and MPPs.

For further information:

For further information: Elaine Mac Neil, President, OECTA; Susan Perry,
Professional Development Dept., 1-800-268-7230

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