A 15-year old eleventh grade student of the Aware International School was a proud winner of the poetry category of the annual short story and poetry writing competition organized by the SFI Write Liberia.
Student Jedidiah A. Koubiessi was announced winner on Saturday, December 12 after careful deliberation by the judges.
She took the first place cash prize of LD$60,000 Liberian dollars for her poem, "The Gift."
In an interview with journalists on Tuesday, December 29, at the Aware International School campus on the GSA Road in Paynesville, Jedidiah said her poem was about a gift her grandmother gave her in these few words of advice, "This life is a roller coaster. Make it worth your time as you live in this world."
Jedidiah further explained that her poem, The Gift, was indeed special and it taught her values and lessons with three hands moving sequentially. "It is a gift fit for every person."
Jedidiah disclosed that she was among 30 students who applied for the poetry category out of which 15 persons' submissions including hers was accepted by the organizer.
"It was from the 15 students that I was declared a winner," Jedidiah who desires to be a pilot explained.
She, meanwhile, used the opportunity to call on her peers, majority of whom are school of going age, to take their lesson very seriously because according to her, they are the future leaders.
She also disclosed that her best subjects in school are Mathematics and English.
The poem winner said that it was not her first time participating in the poem writing contest. "I participated before and came as the first winner and now I am again being declared the first winner," Jedidiah joyfully said.
According to her, she devoted her time to the poem writing and that made her to become the first winner of the competition.
"I gave my time to it and I will always be doing it to see myself to top," Student Jedidiah said as she also praised her school for helping her to reach her desired goals.
In his intervention, the vice principal of the school, Ibitayo A. Tewe, described Jedidiah as the "Pride of Aware International School."
He also reminded the students to take every opportunity very seriously when they come across.
"You have to take advantage of what comes your way like student Jedidiah who has brought pride to our school," the Aware International School vice principal admonished his students.
He revealed that his school has two departments that include Science and Arts.
"This is why we are encouraging our students to go into any of these departments and to be like Jedidiah who has been taking her Science department very seriously that made her a pride of our school."
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