By Alesha Capone
Two talented young writers have been named as winners in the 2021 Rotary Centenary Year Peace Essay competition.
Grade five and six pupils were invited to enter a written piece in the competition, centred on the theme Peace in The Community.
Children from across Victoria and New South Wales submitted entries.
The Rotary Club of Wyndham Harbour recently hosted a ceremony on Zoom for the award winners.
Prince, the pupil of a school in Hay, NSW placed first.
Eleven year-old Lithuli, a student of Iramoo Primary School in Wyndham Vale, came second.
Third place went to Yi Han Cheok, 10, who attends Point Cook P-9 College.
Lithuli said her essay was about a mean girl, who realises she needs to change for the better.
It took her around two days, including getting through some temporary writer’s block, to pen the work.
Lithuli said that upon finding out she had placed second, she did not really believe the news at first.
“I was shocked, happy, excited and proud,” she said.
Yi Han said she was “ecstatic” to win third place with her essay.
“My essay was about the lack of peace in the community and how we can improve it in the future,” she said.
“What I loved about writing my essay was the fact that I could have a voice in the world to make a difference.
“I could express my opinions on peace in the community, that could perhaps inspire change in others.”
The Rotary essay competition will be held again next year.
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