TEN students from different schools across the country scooped golden awards in the 2013 Cover to Cover awards at as ceremony held at a Bulawayo hotel yesterday.
Cover to Cover is an Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) magazine project in conjunction with World Vision, Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust and Edgars Stores Limited.
Winners were drawn from three different categories — Grade 6&7, Form 1&2 and Form 5&6, and each category had three topics.
In the Grade 6&7 category, the topics were: The old man told us what happened; Lots of rain came too late and She worked very hard.”
The winner in this category was Iren Mavheko of Fusi Primary School from Bulawayo. There was a tie for second place with Gracious Tholanah of Coghlan Primary School and Wendy Pedzisai of St Patrick’s Primary School.
Third place went to Gamuchirai Gwitira of St Christopher’s Primary School in Gwanda.
Topics for the second category were: We had to complete the project our parents started and We will keep doing the right thing.
The joint winners were Sibongumusa Ncube of Mtshabezi High School and Caroline Manoukwa of John Tallach High School.
Bongiwe Ngwenyama of Mandwandwe High School took third prize.
In the third category, the topics were: When money talks the truth walks away. We provided the community new ideas and She had suddenly matured.
The co-winners were Sandisiwe Ndlovu of Inyathi High School and Sisasenkosi Mandi of Masiyephambili College. Michelle Tatenda Kuzu of John Tallach High School took third place.
This was Mandi’s third award since the launch of the Cover to Cover awards in 2006 and she said she attributed this to the inspiration of people around her.
“I feel very honoured and yet humbled for winning a Cover to Cover award for 2013. This competition is very encouraging and it helps young people develop their creativity.” Mandi said.
She encouraged young people to write, read and participate in such competitions to broaden their horizon.
According to the judges’ comments, entries were from all over the country.
The highest number of entries was in the Grade 6&7 category while Form 5&6 had the least.
The judges also lamented the high number of stories celebrating violence.
They encouraged pupils to stick to relevant situations and avoid writing about what they watch on television and the Internet.