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2020 Mayors' Short Story Challenge winners announced

1st October 2020
Find out who won this year's Mayors' Short Story.

The talents of young writers from across the region were celebrated during the 2020 Mayors’ Short Story Challenge.


An initiative of Alexandrina Council, City of Victor Harbor and District Council of Yankalilla, the challenge is about encouraging school aged children from reception to year 10 to let their imaginations run wild and share stories through creative writing.

This year, there were 476 entries from Alexandrina Council, 460 from the City of Victor Harbor and 102 from District Council of Yankalilla.


Shortlisted entrants and winners of the 2020 Mayors’ Short Story Challenge were announced at a variety of in-school celebrations held throughout August and September. Mayors and library staff attended a number of schools to present awards and to recognise the talented work of all the entrants.


Individual category winners received a $50 book voucher, and the overall winner from each council area received an additional Mayor’s prize of a $50 book voucher. The school from which each overall winner attends also received $1000 from their local council.


Unlike other years where an overall presentation evening was held at a library within the region, the mayors from each council met with each school to present the awards. In presenting the awards, the mayors from each council praised the children who took up the challenge and demonstrated their creative writing skills.


They also thanked the three public libraries for their coordination of the Mayors’ Short Story Challenge and school principals, librarians, teachers and student service officers who played a key role in encouraging their students to enter and showcase their talents.


The prizes were provided by the respective councils and ‘Friends of the Library’ groups.

For enquires regarding the publication of this article contact:

Alexandrina Council: Communications Advisor – 8555 7000 /  meg.dickson@alexandrina.sa.gov.au

City of Victor Harbor: Communications Officer – 0400 391 386 /  mjames@victor.sa.gov.au

District Council of Yankalilla: Community Engagement Officer  – 8558 0200 / NatashaHunt@yankalilla.sa.gov.au

2020 Mayors’ Short Story Challenge Winners

CategoryAlexandrina CouncilCity of Victor Harbor

District Council of

Yankalilla

Reception

to Year 2

Chloe Duthie

Year 2

Goolwa Primary School

Equal winners

Luke Greasley

Year 2, Investigator College

Ruby Whiteway, Reception

Victor Harbor R-7 School

Lilly O’Brien

Year 2

Yankalilla Area School

Year 3 to

Year 4

Summer Radcliffe

Year 4

Port Elliot Primary School

Equal Winners

Alex Thompson

Year 4

Victor Harbor R-7 School

Jasper Wegener

Year 3

Encounter Lutheran College

Alannah Howes,

Year 4

Yankalilla Area School

Year 5 to

Year 7

Grace Andrew

Year 6

Goolwa Primary School

Lily Milosevic

Year 5

Encounter Lutheran College

Kooper McArdle

Year 5, Rapid Bay

Primary School

Year 8 to

Year 10

Shana Bormann

Year 8

Tyndale Christian School

Strathalbyn

Angie Val

Year 10

Victor Harbor High School

Archie Gibbs

Year 9

Yankalilla Area School

Overall

Winner

Shana Bormann

Year 8

Tyndale Christian School

Strathalbyn

Lily Milosevic

Year 5

Encounter Lutheran College

Kooper McArdle

Year 5, Rapid Bay

Primary School

Mayor Jenkins

City of Victor Harbor – Encounter Lutheran College, shortlisted, section and Overall
Winner with Representatives.

L to R: Jasper Wegener, Harriet Wegener, Tori Weiss – ELC Head of Junior School, Mayor Jenkins, Vicki Hutchinson – City of Victor Harbor Library Manager, Maryanne McGill – Friends of the Victor Harbor Library President, Kate Rogers and Lily Milosevic
– Overall Winner 2020.

Mayor's Short Story - Yankalilla

District Council of Yankalilla – Rapid Bay Primary School, shortlisted and overall winner with representatives.

L to R: Deputy Mayor Simon Rothwell; Kooper McArdle – Section winner years 5 – 7 and overall Yankalilla winner; Royce Williss -  Short listed student in the years 5- 7 category; Jen McArdle Principal Rapid Bay Primary School.

Mayor's Short Story - Tyndale

Alexandrina Council – Tyndale Christian School Overall Winner with
Representatives

L to R: Alexandrina Council Mayor Keith Parkes, Overall Winner Shana Bormann and
Tyndale Christian School Strathalbyn Principal Sam Cheesman.