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Attao, Long, Litulumar top Lady Diann Torres Foundation writing competition

(Press Release) — The Lady Diann Torres Foundation is proud to announce the winners of the Second Annual Language in Literacy Young Author’s Writing Competition.

Chamorro

Grades 4-5:      

1st Place-Leilani Attao-Garapan Elementary School-Maolek Kontra Båba

2nd Place-Geremy Santos-Tinian Elementary School-Si Sirena

Grade 6-8          

1st Place-Cielo Long-Tinian Junior High School-I Duendis

2nd Place-D’anahlei Rodriguez-Chacha Ocean View-I dos Asagua yan I Asuli

Carolinian

Grade 6-8          

1st Place-Jude Litulumar-Chacha Ocean View-The Origin of the Stick Dance

2nd Place-Devin Kapileo-Chachca Ocean View-Chief Aghurubw

One the missions of LDTF is to promote and protect the language and culture of the indigenous Chamorro and Carolinian by giving our youth an opportunity to share stories and publish books written within the vernacular.  

“I am extremely grateful to all young authors who participated in our second annual writing competition,” says first lady Diann Torres. “I am humbled by the support of parents, teachers and administrators of various participating schools. They have dedicated time and have worked hard to guide their children throughout their journey in this competition.”

On behalf of the Lady Diann Torres Foundation, first lady Diann Torres accepts a $1,000 cash donation from Bridge Capital vice president Vincent Bidez, chief operating officer Tucker Baldwin and business development manager Joe Guerrero, making their company an official partner sponsor of the Second Annual Language in Literacy Young Author’s Writing Competition.  Also in the photo are foundation board member Shirley Sablan and outreach chair Irene Torres.  Contributed photo

Mrs. Torres went on to thank the judges for taking on the tough job of choosing the winners. They are Crispin Ogo, Claudia Larson, Juanita Nekaifes, John Tagabuel, and Erlinda Naputi.

The theme for the competition was “Myths and Legends.”

All submissions have to be written in either Chamorro or Carolinian by students in elementary grade levels 4th and 5th, junior high school grades 6th through 8th and high school grades 9th through 12th.

There was an increase in the number of submissions compared to the Foundation’s first annual competition.

Top finalists and winners will be assigned a professional illustrator to help illustrate their individual short stories and make ready for book publishing — all managed and paid for by LDTF with the support of its sponsors.

Winning books will be edited and approved by the language commission before it is published.

LDTF has now opened the Language in Literacy program for an official sponsorship opportunity. There are two sponsor levels: $2,000 for main sponsor and $1,000 for partner sponsor.

For information about the Language in Literacy Young Author’s Writing Competition or to learn how to become an official sponsor of published books under this program, email ladydianntorres@gmail.com or call 235-5383 (LDTF).