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Contest challenges youth to improve city

Contest challenges youth to improve city
The search is on among Mississauga youth for the next leaders of tomorrow.
Last night, representatives from the Knights of Columbus St. Christopher Council and Investors Group Mississauga West region office gathered at the Emerald Chinese Restaurant to announce the second annual Leaders of Tomorrow essay contest.
It encourages high school and elementary students in the city to write an essay for the chance to win anywhere from $50 to $1,000 plus an award from Mayor Hazel McCallion.
The theme for this year is "How will I use my community service hours to improve Mississauga?" In Ontario, students must complete 40 hours of non-paid volunteering to earn their high school diploma.
"Tonight is all about the young people," said Pierre Wong, a trustee with the Knights council and the chair of the Leaders of Tomorrow contest. "We want them to be the leaders of tomorrow and we have to nurture them from today because, one day, they will be replacing us."
Over 200 submissions were received for the inaugural contest. Organizers are hoping to triple that number this time.
One of the winners in the inaugural contest was Leon Chalil, a Grade 12 student at John Cabot Catholic Secondary School. He took first place in the Teacher's Choice division and earned the $1,000 prize.
He encouraged other youth to give their writing skills a try through the contest,chaussures isabel marant.
"I think everybody should give it a shot because ideas to you that might not seem extraordinary can actually inspire others," said Chalil.
The contest is open to Grade 7-8 students (elementary) and Grade 9-12 students (secondary),isabel marant sneakers pas cher.
The essays are then submitted to organizers by the student's teachers in the Teacher's Choice division.
Each school will have their teachers select three finalists and will submit them to a panel of judges picked by the Knights,isabel marant france. The judges will select six winners for both the elementary and secondary divisions.
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