OECTA's Young Authors Awards recognize excellence in student writing

    TORONTO, June 15 /CNW/ - Forty-six students from across Ontario have won
creative writing awards from the Ontario English Catholic Teachers'
Association (OECTA). A complete list of the 2009 winners of Young Authors/Prix
jeunes écrivains and their entries can be found on the OECTA website at
    "These young authors, some as young as five years old, express themselves
beautifully in poems, short stories, plays and non-fiction," says OECTA
president Elaine Mac Neil. "The subjects they write about range from young
Muslims and Christians meeting during the Crusades, to the plight of the
endangered Tree Kangaroo, to recycling and debating our political system. All
are original works presented in either of Canada's two official languages,
English and French."
    OECTA has fostered the Young Authors Awards as an effective literacy
program in Catholic schools since 1985. Winners are selected from hundreds of
entries across the province. 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 locally.
    Following the preliminary judging done by teachers at the local level, 17
teachers from different OECTA units served on a provincial selection committee
to choose the provincial 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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