Provincial award for Upper Island Cove teen

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A talented young writer from Upper Island Cove was recognized for her work during a ceremony at The Rooms in St. John’s May 3.

A proud Allyson Ricketts (left) accepts her junior prose award from Paul Butler, chair of the Arts and Letters Awards Program, at The Rooms in St. John’s on May 3.


Special to the Compass


Allyson Ricketts, 15, submitted a short story to the junior prose division to the 2014 arts and letters award program titled “White out.”

The Grade 9 student at St. Peter’s Elementary was one of eight award winners out of 51 entries.  The award is valued at $350.

“I’m pretty proud of myself,” said Ricketts.

Her inspiration came from a piece of writing from eighth grade on topics like snowmobiles and blizzards.

The story is about a snowmobile race. A ghost and a boy have an encounter and “it goes down hill pretty fast.”

Writers from ages 12-18 across the province submitted short stories, essays or dramatic scripts to the junior division.

Allyson was told about the competition from her homeroom teacher, Mrs. Lynch, who submits students written pieces each year.

"The provincial government recognizes the important role our many creative and talented visual, music and literary artists play in the continued development and sustainability of our cultural industries,” said Sandy Collins, minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation in a news release.

Ricketts would recommend other students to participate next year.

“It’s a really cool competition; it’s a good competition to enter if you like writing. And it’s province wide,” she said.

The program received 664 submissions in literary arts (including French), music, visual arts and digital multi-media.  A list of the 2014 winners will be and winning work from the visual arts categories will be on display at The Rooms until May 11.

“Newfoundland and Labrador has one of the most vibrant cultural communities in the country and, as a government, we are pleased to invest in programs and services which support the arts. Congratulations to all this year’s winners," said Collins.

Organizations: The Rooms

Geographic location: Upper Island Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador

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