The contest was organised by Rotaract Rarotonga and the grade five students were very happy when they heard about their win.
Jesame and Katee were among 150-plus entrants from various schools on the island
Jesame who won the essay competition, thanked her family, friends and teachers for their support and guidance.
She said she was humbled to be recognised as a winner in the written category.
“I did not expect to win but I was hopeful and humbled by this award. I am a grade five student of Takitumu School and am sure this is also a school achievement.”
She said the award was encouraging and she did not regret having spent some time perfecting the essay for the competition.
“This essay took three to four days. I wanted to advocate on anti-bullying and why people should not bully.”
Takitumu School’s principal Carly Ave thanked Rotaract Rarotonga for involving students in competitions as such.
“It’s a really worthwhile initiative and it’s a perfect timing for us and everyone knows that bullying is not acceptable in school,” she said.
“We will be training our students next week on cyber bullying and how it affects others. This is a perfect platform for us to begin with.”
Rotaract Rarotonga’s Ty Connal said club members were overwhelmed with the positive response they received from students who took part in the two competitions.
He acknowledged and thanked those who participated.