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Youth awards announced

Posted Thursday 27 August 2020

Winners of the 2020 Mosman Youth Awards in Literature were announced at a special ceremony livestreamed via Instagram on Wednesday 26 August. In line with other recent changes to regular scheduling, this year’s online event replaced the presentation evening traditionally held at Mosman’s Barry O’Keefe Library.

The awards recognise writing by students from Kindergarten to Year 12, in the categories of prose for Primary (K-6), Junior Secondary (Years 7-9) and Senior Secondary (Years 10-12), and poetry for Junior Secondary (Years 7-9) and Senior Secondary (Years 10-12).

“The competition, which is in its 28th year, attracted 114 entries submitted online from students at local schools and other schools across Sydney,” said Manager Library Services, Linda Horswell.

“The judges commented on the very high standard of this year’s entries and the variety of topics written and congratulated all the short-listed writers saying that the high standard of writing made it very hard to choose the winners.”

Fifteen young writers were recognised with awards and commendations:

Primary Prose
  • 1st Prize – Mia Cai, Wenona School
  • 2nd Prize – Amber Kusano, Mosman Public School
  • Highly Commended – Cate Atkinson, Abbotsleigh Junior School
Junior Secondary Prose
  • 1st Prize – Charlotte Waterland, Redlands
  • 2nd Prize – Indy Brock, St Luke’s Grammar
  • Highly Commended- Megan Vinalon, Wenona School
Senior Secondary Prose
  • 1st Prize – Leilani Nyman, Mosman High School
  • 2nd Prize – Sunny Zhou, Killara High School
  • Highly Commended – Isabella Baker, NBSC Mackellar Campus
Junior Secondary Poetry
  • 1st Prize – Sarinna Cai, MLC School
  • 2nd Prize – Oscar Pearce, Redlands
  • Highly Commended – Esther Schroeter, NBSC Manly Campus
Senior Secondary Poetry
  • 1st Prize – Bruna Gomes, NBSC Freshwater Senior Campus
  • 2nd Prize – Isabella Tan, North Sydney Girls High School
  • Highly Commended – Elliot Connor, NSBC Manly Campus

The total amount awarded for prizes was $2,500. This year’s awards were sponsored by the Rotary Club of Mosman, Mosman Lions Club, Oracle Books Mosman and Northern Beaches & Mosman College.