Young writers think big and secure regional win in Kip McGrath Education Centre’s national writing competition
Megan Rafferty has become a Northern Ireland regional winner for Kip McGrath Education Centre’s UK competition Dream a Big Dream . The competition was open to 9-14 years olds and invited entrants to write about their dreams for the future whether they wanted to save the rainforest, fly to the moon or become a world-renowned author.
Megan’s entry reflected on her view that she felt that dreams were just like bubbles that needed to be chased in order to bring them about and she said: “I’m so pleased that my big dream has been selected as a regional winner. I’d never really spent anytime thinking about what my dreams for the future might be but winning the regional competition has inspired me to hold onto my dream and go for it.”
Over 200 Kip McGrath Education Centres were involved in the competition with many offering writing workshops for local children. Michael Rooney Director of the Kip McGrath Centre in Craigavon (Megan’s nearest centre) said: “All young people should be encouraged to have a big dream. By working with aspiring children everyday, Kip McGrath teachers experience first hand the potential children have to do great things.”
Clare Rimmer, part of the regional judging panel and is Centre Director of the Kip McGrath Centre in Lisburn, added: “The quality of entries that we received from the region were of a very high standard and it was really inspiring to read about the big dreams of young people across Northern Ireland. However, Megan is a very worthy winner and on behalf of the judges I congratulate her.”
Megan will now join the other 14 regional winners shortlisted to wait and see who will be selected as the two overall winners and get national recognition for their big dream.
The results of the national competition will be announced at the end of March 2013 and the winners will receive a professional bound book featuring the winning entries, £100 Amazon vouchers and a signed certificate of congratulations from the athletes.
Megan pictured with Michael Rooney Centre Director of Kip McGrath Craigavon