YOUNG SWEDISH STUDENT BRINGS PRIDE TO WESTMOUNT PARK SCHOOL BY WINNING MCENTYRE WRITING COMPETITION
MONTREAL, JUNE 15, 2011- Iris Palmqvist, a Grade 2 student at Westmount Park Elementary School, has been residing in Canada for the last 18 months, having arriving here from her native Sweden
With the help and support of the school’s teachers, Melanie Dignard and Hollis Klein, Iris took part in the 38th annual McEntyre Writing Competition and won first place in the her division with a story titled “Family Moving.” The goal of this competition is to encourage young people to think about the idea of community, and to learn more about their own communities.
To prepare for the contest, Iris spent much of her time developing a rough draft of her story, and finally perfecting it with her final typed version. When asked how she felt about winning the contest, she responded “it felt super good, and amazing.” Being a new resident in Canada, and not speaking any English, Iris faced many obstacles. However, with the help and encouragement of her teachers, she quickly developed a passion for writing, and overcame her challenges in and out of the classroom. The ongoing hard work of this young girl demonstrates that anything is possible with some patience and the support of others.