Academic year 2010-11

9TH INTER-SCHOOL CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION

Write Away 2010

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The 9th Inter-School Creative Writing Competition – Write Away 2010 drew to successful climax with the Valedictory Function held on 26th April 2010 in Our Own English High School, Sharjah. The occasion was graced by the de ‘la crème from the academic world. Our Own Vision established in the year 2000, seeks to bridge the gaps in the academic curriculum and guide children to cultivate fruitful hobbies. The writing skills of the ‘reflective learners’ are honed to perfection – their creative imagination in the course of its flight of fantasy reaches a crescendo and attains tremendous results in the form of impeccable short stories.

The Guest Speaker for the day, Dr. Waris H. Razvi, an academician par excellence held the audience spellbound with his natural flair literary  rendition. He enlightened the gathering with his ‘fountain’ of knowledge and rather amusing connotations of the two-letter ‘up’.

A visionary and one of the main stalwarts of Our Own Vision, the Executive Principal and Director, GEMS Asian Schools, Dr. Farooq Wasil, urged the student fraternity to accept the global challenges, surge forward and create a niche for themselves. The eminent panel of judges, who evaluated the short stories written by students across the UAE, had sincere words of praise both for the organizers as well as the ‘creative prowess of the budding writers’.

The theme for this year’s competition, ‘Human Connectivity’, met with great favour among the participants. The first prize-winner in Category A(Gr. 7 & 8) was Varun Gopalakrishnan, Our Own English High School (Boys Branch), Sharjah for his story titled, ‘The Postponed Reunion’. The first prize-winner in Category B (Gr. 9 & 10) was Sahana Raghunathan from Our Own English High School, Abu Dhabi for her story titled ‘Contact Lost’. The first prize-winner from Category C (Gr. 11 & 12) was won by Rabab Abbasi of Gulf Asian School, Sharjah for his story titled ‘Wish Some Dreams Never Come True’. The Worthy Wordsmith Rolling Trophy awarded to the winning entry with extensive use of rich vocabulary and excellent diction was bagged by      Shalaj Lawania of Our Own High School, Al Warqa for his story titled ‘The Lesser of Two Evils Heart or Mind’. The Our Own Vision Rolling Trophy, awarded to the school which has secured the maximum number of points in the Write Away competition was won by Our Own High School, Al Warqa.

It is worthy of mention that this year the prize-winning entries will be published by Youngest-the knowledge magazine for value based learning.

The curtains were drawn on this year’s Inter-School Creative Writing Competition with a promise to meet again next year for Write Away 2011.