“Write On” contest connects students and newspapers

Students in Ponoka have a chance to get their talents and work recognized locally and provincially by participating in the 2009 Write On contest

Students in Ponoka have a chance to get their talents and work recognized locally and provincially by participating in the 2009 Write On contest.

The Mary Readman 2009 Write On contest invites students to learn more about how the newspaper business works, and is a chance for the newspaper staff to get acquainted with their future readers.

The students who participate will find they will familiarize themselves with the local newspaper and sharpen their reading and writing skills. There is also a chance for them to win some great prizes.

This fun and education contest motivates youth to submit their writings for publication in the weekly community newspaper and is a chance for Ponoka News to reach out to Ponoka students.

In the Write On contest there are three categories: Creative Classifieds, Junior Reporter, and Write an Opinion.

The Creative Classifieds is for students in Grades 1 through 3. These students will find a classified ad from Ponoka News that is either a local ad, or one of the blanket classifieds from any classified category. The ad should be attached to the piece they submit.

Students can use their imaginations to describe the story behind the ad, making it no more than 200 words. Some examples include a story about a lost puppy, the life behind an old car that is being sold, etc.

There will be one winner in Grade 1 and Grades 2/3.

The Junior Reporter category includes students from Grades 4 through 6 and they are asked to investigate a school or community event. These junior reporters can ask their friends or family questions and get opinions and comments about the event. Their report should be no more than 200 words.

There is one winner in Grades 4 to 6.

The Write an Opinion category is for students in Grades 7 through 12 and is a chance for them to express opinions on a local issue. The issue should be directly affecting the community and should be researched using the Ponoka News and other sources of information.

After researching they will write a letter to the editor on the issue keeping within 100 to 300 words.

There will be one winner from Grades 7 to 9 and Grades 10 to 12.

More information and pamphlets will be distributed to schools around Ponoka and everyone is encouraged to participate.

The deadline for these entries is no later than April 21, 2009 and the Ponoka News will choose the winners by April 30. The winners’ writings will be published in the Ponoka News and will move on to the provincial level where five winners will be chosen.

The Ponoka News will be more than happy to help students in the organization of this contest, feel free to give us a call.

For more information contact the Ponoka News at 403-783-3311 or e-mail editorial@ponokanews.com.