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Writers' Competition
Here are the winners of 2012
Winner Grade 1-3
Aimee Elizabeth Polhamus
S.H. Connor Public School, Tweed.
Topic:
* Draw a picture and write a story about it.
"The Evil Step Sister that Found a Friend"

Once upon a time there was a beautiful and fantastic princess.

She was marvelous. She had a pet unicorn and the princess' name was Ramona. Her pet was named Fantasy.

Her neighbour Millicent was evil but she ruled the land. They were also sisters.

Ramona was being nice and made a beautiful forest for Millicent and her kingdom.

Ramona and her friends planted apple trees. It turned out that Millicent was allergic to apples and sneezed, sneezed and sneezed so much that she tripped on a root and fell into the stream.

Her sister Ramona saved her and carried Millicent to Ramona's own castle to dry.

Millicent tried to be nice and made a meal for the beautiful kngdom and they all lived happily and friendly in the end.

Winner Grade 4-6
Casey Moira Wilson
Madoc Public School
Topic:
Topic:* Write a story (max 400 words) about your greatest adventure.
OR
Write a poem about someone you admire.
"Terry Fox"

He was as quick as a fox,
His name was Terry.
He was quite extra-ordinary.

He ran for cancer,
For others and him,
For a purpose,
But not on a whim.

He lost his leg
quite,a time ago,
lut he kent on running,
That was his goal.
He ran right through
our small towh;
Now we do the run,
So we don't let him down.

He raised a lot of money,
For cancer and such.
Many will say,
We miss him very, much.

We hope he rests ,
quite peacefully now,
He was a great man,
And everyone knows how.
Winner Adults
Lucas Wales, Tweed
Topic: * Write an essay (max 500 words) on the pros and cons of social media
OR
* Write an essay or poem (max 500 words) on rural vs. urban living
"The Investor & the Girl"

Writing is dead, upon reflection.

Novels will live on in the hands of a young girl at a coffee shop, and the business section will always be in the hands of an investor, riding the morning train to the office, These are the necessary literatures of our lives, they cannot be replaced, or so we once believed.

Social media has reconditioned our creative minds into 140 characters, or short paragraphs at the most. As humans, we are a product of the environment we place ourselves in, and by placing ourselves in the realm of social media, we are destroying creative works.

Remember when you first started to drive? You probably got behind the wheel and accelerated so fast the wheels spun on the damp spring pavement. After a while, you simplified the process. You probably got really good at accelerating without even thinking about it.

Social Media operates in the same manner. You will eventually become so good at communicating in 14O characters (or short paragraphs) that you become 'an expert.'Your brain becomes a product of that environment, and when you sit down to write something creative, it may take awhile for the mind to escape its own barrier. You're restricting your own creative thought each TWeet and Facebook status you post online.

On the other side of the fence is the reality that Social Media has changed everything. It has changed how brands communicate in a crisis, it has changed how fans connect with sports stars, it has even changed how we consume content, and

learn of breaking news. It has created jobs for young professionals, and new opportunities for brands to grow and market themselves online. Organizations have formed that solely work on social media marketing, and US Congressmen have exposed to us more than we ever want to see in a 'TwitPic.'

The biggest plus is everyone now has a voice at a economical price. I can message John Mayer, and ask him about his next album. You can message an organization, and offer input on an issue. I can have my message retweeted to an audience of thousands. You can have a discussion on the wall of your local MP.

The most important thing is that you and I are able to connect. In a world of billions, the odds that you and I connect are slim, but social media offers us that opportunity, and thats what makes it so amazing. It's unconventional, and it's changing the world around us.

We are connecting rural to urban, West to East, Christianity to Buddhism, and seeing groups rally for numerous global causes, and human rights justice.

So next time you enter that same coffee shop, take a look around. That young girl in the corner with the novel has replaced her book of adventure and creative thought with some breaking news Tweets. After you grab your morning coffee, you may be surprised to see that same investor, reading his usual business section as you step on the morning train. The girl has embraced social media, and altered her daily environment. The investor has held onto his traditional way of life, and kept his surroundings familiar. The question is, who is right?