Lenana Girls’ High School 6th Annual Writing Competition

October 24, 2018 · 1 comment

I have applied to and have not won many writing competitions, but as I tell our students, it’s your preparation, your courage and your feeling of accomplishment having entered that makes applying an invaluable experience.

After many hours of thoughtful writing and rewriting from 29 of the 60 students at Lenana Girls’ High School in Kitale, Kenya, and the many enjoyable hours I spent reading and rereading their work, Lift the Lid announces the winners of Lenana’s 6th Annual Writing Competition. Two First Place winners, four Second Place winners and ten Honorable Mentions have been chosen, with monetary awards for the First and Second Place winners.

Tracey Wamboi-6th Comp-1st pl-Lenana-Oct2018

The school receives a donation of books in celebration on the competition and all participants are given writing tips and individual encouragement. Every year, students who haven’t placed in our previous competitions go on to win awards, but the heart of the competition is about becoming a stronger, braver, more honest writer.

Tegla Chepchumba-6th comp-1st pl-Lenana-Oct2018

Our 2018 First Place winners are Tegla Chepchumba and Tracey Wamboi. Congratulations! We are so proud of you. I always highlight what I feel is the best sentence (or two) of every participant’s essay. Below are the sentences I highlighted for Tegla and Tracey, as well as their full essays about experiences that have changed their lives:

“I came to learn that experience is the best teacher, as I am working hard in school so that I can restore my friends, relatives and my father about Female Genital Mutilation beliefs.”  –Tegla Chepchumba

“In that trauma, I sought comfort in painting and drawing pictures.”  –Tracey Wamboi

Tegla Chepchumba-About Me1-6th comp-1st pl-Lenana-Oct2018

Tegla Chepchumba-About Me2-6th comp-1st pl-Lenana-Oct2018

Tracey Wamboi-About Me1-6th Comp-1st pl-Lenana-Oct2018

Tracey Wamboi-About Me2-6th Comp-1st pl-Lenana-Oct2018

  • http://www.saragoff.com/ Sara Goff

    Congratulations, Tegla, Tracey and all the Participants of this year’s competition. As I wrote in our announcement letter, the pride you feel for your school and for your hard work in making it a success comes through in your writing. The determined spirit of Lenana will always serve you, wherever you go. Whether you are aiming to become a lawyer, doctor, teacher or an artist, you’ve learned that hard work, life experience, and believing in yourself are the keys to your success. Congratulations and keep writing!


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