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NWCC student wins national writing contest

A Northwest Community College (NWCC) student from Kitimat has won a nationwide writing contest for a piece she produced in her English 040 Career and College Preparation (CCP) course. The student, Dina Brown, found out late last week the essay she submitted, titled The Loss of my Father had been tabbed as a winner in the McGraw-Hill Ryersons The Power of Words competition. For her selection, Browns work will be published January 2010 in a composition text called The Student Writer and shell receive a $500 prize. The Student Writer is a textbook for post-secondary writing courses. Brown, who is enrolled in the tuition-free CCP program at NWCCs Kitimat Campus, says the story was her first essay assignment and, essentially, her first foray into writing. It begins with the day in June 1998 when she found out her father died and details each subsequent day through to his memorial. Being selected out of a pool of undergraduates from across Canada was more than Brown could believe. Actually, I was quite shocked. I didnt think I had a chance, said Brown. A spokesperson from the sponsor said the judges appreciated Browns writing style and the vivid detail. The whole judging panel, she added, was moved by the piece. Brown said she feels her work was a success because the subject matter was a personal one. It was a good essay because it meant something to me. Brown was nominated along with another classmate by her CCP instructor Debbie Taylor, who says the recognition is quite a feat. Winning a contest like this is very impressive, Taylor said. Dina is a dedicated student and deserving of this honour. A success such as this is an inspiration to all students at NWCC. The contest, run in both the fall and winter, is open to post-secondary schools across Canada and has 12 categories. The competitions winter intake is open for submissions until May 11, 2009. For details go to

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