We are happy and proud to announce the First Place winner of Lift the Lid’s Eighth Annual Writing Competition at Mogonjet Secondary School in Bomet County, Kenya. The essays this year were the best we’ve seen since we started working with Mogonjet in 2010. From grammar to structure, from the details to the revelations, the students’ writing has improved. Congratulations to all!
We chose one First Place winner, two Second Place winners, who will each receive a monetary award to put toward their class and personal education, as well as six Honorable Mentions. All the students receive books in a variety of genres.
Our 2018 First Place winner is Dorothy Chepkemoi for her essay titled, “This Is Me.” In it she describes a transitional time of her life, at age six, when her father passed away. In order to stay in school, she faced many hurdles. Villagers would call her “The Yellow Jerrycan” when she’d go out looking for milk and food. They’d close their doors. Classmates avoided her for her clothing and lack of soap and oils. But she didn’t become discouraged.
Every year, we highlight a few sentences from each submission and encourage the students to share them with each other. Here is what stood out to us in Dorothy’s essay:
“When I was in class five, I realized that I had no father. This really gave me the motivation to work extra hard in school. Since we were many, poverty started knocking at the door.”
You’re beating the odds, Dorothy. Congratulations on a well-deserved win!