On May 5 the awards ceremony of the II APAVAC Literary Contest (Association of English teachers in Valencia, Alicante and Castellón) took place at the Enric Valor Hall of the Faculty of Philology, Translation and Communication of Valencia. Winners for the four categories and 21 finalists were presented with prizes and certificates.
In this edition we had as special guests for presenting the awards in each category Dana Gynther, Valencia American writer established with two novels already published “Crossing on the Paris” and “The Woman in the Photograph” and another “The Admiral’s Baths” about to be published. On behalf of our Educational authority, Nathalie Torres, Deputy Director General for Language Policy and Multilingualism. As a representative of the University, Dr. Miguel Martinez, Head of the Department of English and German at the University of Valencia and one of the most important figures in the world of languages and the field of education. Finally, and as always our President of the association Josefina Julián.
As in the previous edition, family, teachers and friends of the winners and finalists attended the awards ceremony, just a selection of more than a hundred schools from all over our Comunitat Valenciana.
The winners were: in the category 5 & 6 Primaria Andreu Sangster with “Refugee” from Mas Camarena School in Bétera.
In the category of 1&2 ESO, Barbara Sanchez Máñez with “Everything has changed” from School Vilavella, Valencia.
In category 3&4 ESO, Amina Abed with “Escape from the thunder to fall in the lighting” from IES Gilabert Centelles, Nules.
And in the category of Bach&FP, Paula O’Driscoll from IES Pere Esplugues, La Pobla Larga.
Apart from the first prize winners received, their schools were also presented with a set of books generously offered by Pearson-Anaya.
Family, teachers and friends enjoyed the reading of their own stories by winners in each category.
This year, to enliven the event, we were delighted with the performance of a quartet consisting of Have Durá Lucia (soprano), Natalia Caballero (Alto), Alejandro López (tenor) and Juan Sancho (bass).
The quality of the stories was even higher than the previous edition. Congratulations to all students who participated.
And a big applause for all the teachers who have encouraged their students Students who might become future teachers of English and why not even writers.