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CONGRATULATIONS TO COSTI'S 2019 REFUGEES & HUMAN RIGHTS CHILD & YOUTH POETRY CONTEST WINNERS!

The winners of COSTI’s 2019 Refugees & Human Rights Child & Youth Poetry Contest were announced on World Refugee Day, June 20, 2019 at Metro Hall. Rana Khan and Mario J. Calla presented award recipients with gifts and plaques in recognition of their achievements.

Over 90 guests were present to congratulate the students and celebrate their achievements. All winning poems were displayed for guests to peruse, with First Prize Winners reading their poems to guests.

Many thanks to the City of Toronto Newcomer Office for hosting and supporting the awards ceremony.

This year, COSTI received over 300 poems from schools across the greater Toronto area that were evaluated by a selection committee and judged on the basis of originality, creative imagination, characterization, artistic quality, and adherence to the topic. Thank you to our selection committee for their ongoing support for the contest and for volunteering their time for 10 years: Rana Khan, ‎Legal Officer for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Toronto Office, Nicholas Keung, Immigration Reporter for the Toronto Star and Mario J. Calla, COSTI’s Executive Director.

The purpose of COSTI’s Refugees & Human Rights Child & Youth Poetry Contest is to bring greater attention to human rights abuses and the plight of refugees. The competition was open to all students in Grades 4-12 that attend school in the Province of Ontario.

Please join us in congratulating the Winners of the 2019 Poetry Contest! First Prize winners received an Apple IPad, Second Prize winners received Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones and Third Prize winners were presented with a Beats Pill & Portable Speaker.

Click on the names below to read the winning poems for all three divisions.

DIVISION I: GRADES 4 TO 6 WINNERS

1st Prize
KAITLYN CHEN
Age 12
Trinity Montessori School, Grade 6

2nd Prize
FAYE BLOCK
Age 11
Robbins Hebrew Academy, Grade 6

3rd Prize
ANGELINA PILEGGI
Age 10
Immaculate Conception Catholic Elementary School, Grade 5

 

DIVISION II: GRADES 7 TO 8 WINNERS

1st Prize
EVI SCHIEMAN
Age 12
Fern Avenue Public School, Grade 7

2nd Prize
KAMALJEET MITTAL
Age 13
Lynn-Rose College, Grade 8

3rd Prize
SAMARA GLAZER
Age 14
Robbins Hebrew Academy, Grade 8

 

DIVISION III: GRADES 9 TO 12 WINNERS

1st Prize
MAYA McKEOWN
Age 17
St. Joseph’s College School, Grade 12

1st Prize
RESIRI ERIVWO
Age 14
The Country Day School, Grade 9

2nd Prize
SHARIKA EKRAM
Age 15
The York School, Grade 10

Please take a moment to read the poems that received Honourable Mentions in all three divisions by clicking on the links below. Students received a certificate recognizing their achievement.

Division I Honourable Mentions

Division II Honourable Mentions

Division III Honourable Mentions