The York Catholic District School Board recently recognized eight of its students who became published authors after submitting winning entries to OECTA's Young Authors writing competition.

The Young Authors/Jeunes Ecrivains Awards is a writing competition sponsored by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) that celebrates the writing talents and accomplishments of students who submit short stories, poems, non-fiction articles, and reports in either English or French.

The selection process begins at the school level, advances to the local level - York Unit - OECTA, and from there to the provincial OECTA competition. The winning entries were chosen from among many submissions by their peers in Catholic schools across the province.

YCDSB Director of Education, Patricia Preston, along with Trustees Elizabeth Crowe, Dominic Mazzotta, Ann Stong and Teresa Ciaravella officially recognized the students' achievement at the June 14th Board Meeting.

Congratulations to:

  • Chloe Wang from Christ the King CES in Richmond Hill. Chole won in the Grade 3 – 4 short story category for her work, The Tale of Chinese New Year.
  • Michaela Sukovski from St. Brendan CES in Stouffville. Michaelea won in the Grade 3 – 4 non-fiction category for her work, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe: A Book and Movie Comparison.
  • Selena Osunde from St. James CES in Vaughan. Selena won in the Grade 5 - 6 non-fiction category for her work, Technology and the Marathon of Hope.
  • Bianca Hill from St. Joan of Arc CHS in Vaughan. Bianca won in the Grade 9 – 10 poetry category for her work, London Fog.
  • Sarah Fantetti from Cardinal Carter CHS in Aurora. Sarah won in the Grade 11 – 12 poetry category for her work, Pastel Raindrops and a Life that's Starting Again.
  • Rachel Lee from St. Robert CHS in Markham. Rachel won in the Gr. 9 – 10 French short story category for her work, Le Voyage de Train.
  • Daria Gamaley from St. Theresa of Lisieux CHS in Richmond Hill. Daria won in the Grade 11 – 12 French play category for her work, Le secret du Bonheur.
  • Brittany Chang Kit from St. Theresa of Lisieux CHS in Richmond Hill. Brittany won in the Grade 11-12 French non-fiction category for her work, L'importance de la famille dans la societe occupee.

All of the students' winning submissions were published in a commemorative book by OECTA. This book is a celebration of the outstanding work the students in our Catholic schools continue to accomplish year after year.