Earl Marriott Secondary Grade 12 student Cindy Zhang (front) won top spot in a writing contest organized to mark Canada’s 150th birthday. Fellow students (from left) Adia Sove, Jared Schellenberg and Claudine Paed also finished in the top five.                                 Mikka Stasiuk photo

Earl Marriott Secondary Grade 12 student Cindy Zhang (front) won top spot in a writing contest organized to mark Canada’s 150th birthday. Fellow students (from left) Adia Sove, Jared Schellenberg and Claudine Paed also finished in the top five. Mikka Stasiuk photo

South Surrey grad writes a winner

Cindy Zhang earns top spot in national writing contest

Four local teens have received top honours in a national writing contest in Quebec.

The teens – all students at South Surrey’s Earl Marriott Secondary – were among nearly 200 to enter Atwater Library and Computer Centre’s 150 Words for 150 Years flash-writing contest.

Cindy Zhang, in Grade 12, won the Youth (20 and under) category for her piece entitled “O Maple Leaf.”

Top-5 finishers also included Claudine Paed and Adia Sove (Grade 12), and Jared Schellenberg (Grade 11).

The quartet has been invited to a May 30 awards event in Montreal.

The contest was sponsored by Heritage Canada as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations.