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Investigator College is very proud of our successful student writers, having taken out the overall prize in both the City of Victor Harbor and Alexandrina Council areas for the 2017 Mayors’ Short Story Challenge. We congratulate Myla Wegener from Year 5 at the Goolwa Campus for her story “The Hunt” and Brigitte Zorkovic from Year 6 at the Victor Harbor Campus for her story “The Ant Who Lifted a Watermelon”. Both students won their sections and the overall prize for the 2017 Challenge, each winning $150 of book vouchers for themselves and $1000 each for the College.

The annual Mayors’ Short Story Challenge is a highlight throughout Fleurieu schools. Offering students from Reception – Year 10 the opportunity to submit writing, the Alexandrina, Victor Harbor and Yankalilla Councils provide a valuable real life experience for our young writers to have their work judged by experts. The Challenge continues to grow, and this year all councils received a record number of entries. There were 365 entries from Alexandrina Council, 277 from the City of Victor Harbor and 69 from District Council of Yankalilla. 16 students were shortlisted from each council area. Investigator College students Madelyne Belton, James Litchfield, Jessica Mignanelli, Tamsin Savery and Lilja Stevenson were shortlisted along with our three section winners, including William Taylor from Year 10 with his story “The Road Less Travelled”.

Investigator College values the opportunity and has been entering the competition for more than the past six years, each year achieving shortlisted and sometimes the coveted overall prize. Proceeds from the competition have enabled the College to take 40-50 students each year to the annual Meet the Writers Festival in Adelaide. This fantastic opportunity to hear some of Australia’s best young adult fiction writers speak about their work further fosters the enthusiasm and creativity of our most talented and passionate readers and writers.

Investigator College thanks the Mayors’ Short Story Challenge coordinators for the opportunity the challenge provides our students. At Investigator College, we value the skill of creative writing, ensuring our students are provided with many opportunities to express their imagination and creativity. As E.B. White, author of Charlotte’s Web, said, “With the right words, you can change the world.” We can’t wait to see how our young writers will change the world with their creativity and insight.

2017 Mayors’ Short Story Challenge Winners

Category Alexandrina Council City of Victor Harbor District Council of Yankalilla
Reception to Year 2 Tom McHugh

Mount Compass Area School

Riley Barrett

Victor Harbor R-7 School

Denver Murdock

Yankalilla Area School

Year 3 to Year 4 Indie Speirs

Port Elliot Primary School

Takaya Norris

Victor Harbor R-7 School

Brandon Gillespie

Yankalilla Area School

Year 5 to Year 7 Myla Wegener

Investigator College
(Goolwa Campus)

Brigitte Zorkovic

Investigator College
(Victor Harbor Campus)

Shae O’Connor

Yankalilla Area School

Year 8 to Year 10 Cody Dugmore

Mount Compass Area School

William Taylor

Investigator College
(Victor Harbor Campus)

Summer Grimstead

Yankalilla Area School

Overall Winner Myla Wegener

Investigator College
(Goolwa Campus)

Brigitte Zorkovic

Investigator College
(Victor Harbor Campus)

Brandon Gillespie

Yankalilla Area School

 

View City of Victor Harbor Winning Entries

View Alexandrina Council Winning Entries

 

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