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2015 REFUGEE AND HUMAN RIGHTS CHILD AND YOUTH POETRY CONTEST WINNERS

The winners of the 2015 Refugees and Human Rights Child and Youth Amateur Poetry Contest have been announced. Congratulations to all! Once again this year UNHCR Canada and COSTI Immigrant Services sponsored the annual greater Toronto area Refugees and Human Rights Child and Youth Amateur Poetry Contest. The aim of the contest is to bring greater attention to human rights abuses and the plight of refugees. Entries were judged on the basis of originality, creative imagination, characterization, artistic quality, adherence to the topic and rules established for the contest.

Read Division I prize winning poems here.

Read Division II prize winning poems here.

Read Division III prize winning poems here.

 

Please join us in congratulating the Prize Winners and Honourable Mentions listed below.

 

DIVISION I: GRADES 4 TO 6 PRIZE WINNERS

1st Prize, $200 Award
EMMANUELLE BRINDAMOUR
Age 10
Branksome Hall, Grade 6

2nd Prize, $100 Award
LAILA HAMPSON
Age 10
Queen Victoria Public School, Grade 5

3rd Prize, $100 Award
HARVEER KAUR KALIRAI
Age 12
Ecole Munn’s Public School, Grade 6

 

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

ANI BACHAN
Age 11
Holy Name Catholic School, Grade 6

NIMRAT KAUR KALIRAI
Age 9
Ecole Munn’s Public School, Grade 4

LISA LHAMO
Age 10
Queen Victoria Public School, Grade 5

RITUSHAA RAJENDRAM
Age 11
Highgate Public School, Grade 6

 

DIVISION II: GRADES 7 TO 8 WINNERS

1st Prize, $200 Award
MEGAN SCARLETT
Age 13
St. Clement’s School, Grade 8

2nd Prize, $100 Award
REBECCCA BUGEYA
Age 13
St. Edmund Campion, Grade 8

3rd Prize, $100 Award
VERONICA BRIZUELA
Age 14
Bishop Strachan School, Grade 8

 

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

GIOIA ANGELINA LISCO
Age 14
St. Jerome Catholic Elementary School, Grade 8

JEREMY ANTONIO C. PHY
Age 14
Parkland Public School, Grade 8

 

DIVISION III: GRADES 9 TO 12 PRIZE WINNERS

1st Prize, $200 Award
DIATRA FARASHA
Age 15
Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton Catholic School, Grade 10

 

2nd Prize, $100 Award
CARL NATIUK
Age 19
Toronto Waldorf School, Grade 12

 

3rd Prize, $100 Award
SAREEMA HUSAIN
Age 17
Richmond Hill High School, Grade 12

3RD Prize, $100 Award
NOELLE TAYLOR ROSSI
Age 18
Toronto Waldorf School, Grade 12

 

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

MANVEER KAUR KALIRAI
Age 17
Iroquois Ridge High School, Grade 11

FATIMA SHERWANI
Age 16
Glenforest Secondary School
Grade 10

VAKKACHEN JOE
Age 14
Port Credit Secondary School, Grade 9