Essay competition awards for students

2018 Essay Competition winners with representatives from the high commission. Picture: SUPPLIED

The New Zealand High Commission awarded ten students for their outstanding entries in the New Zealand-Fiji 2018 Secondary Schools Essay Competition last Saturday.

Nakasi High School student Ipaelen Rota and Uzma Aalima Azmi of Nadi Muslim School were the two supreme winners.

They won an iPad each, $500 cash prize, a trophy and a certificate of distinction. Their schools were also presented with commemorative plaques.

Three winners were awarded certificates of commendation with HP laptops, five other winners received an honourable mention and were awarded Samsung tablets.

New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji Jonathan Curr congratulated and acknowledged all of the entrants.

“We are delighted to recognise the writing talent of these students. It is evident through the compelling stories they have told with a high standard of their writing that they have undertaken thorough research to put in a lot of effort,” said Mr Curr.

He thanked the Education Ministry and schools for their continuous support over the years.

Three hundred and forty students from secondary schools all over Fiji participated in the 2018 essay competition with topics for students to reflect on New Zealand-Fiji relations with reference to three important historical milestones: the establishment of a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) base at Laucala Bay in 1941; Sir Edmund Hillary’s service as a member of the RNZAF team in Fiji; and the gifting 50 years ago of the RNZAF base by the New Zealand Government to Fiji for the establishment of the University of the South Pacific.

Next week Dr Singh and high commission representatives will visit some of the participating schools and present students with certificates and books.

Schools visited will be Nakasi High, Dudley High, Vashist Muni College, Nadi Muslim College, Drasa Secondary, Nukuloa College and Rakiraki Public High School.

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