Small town girl wins big
A sincere congratulation goes out this week to Christina Fudge, a Level 11 student at St. Peter’s School in McCallum in 2011-2012.
Ms. Fudge was one of the winners in the 2012 provincial government’s Arts and Letters Awards program as she was one of the 10 winners in the Junior Prose category.
That’s really impressive when you realize that 72 students from all regions of the province submitted entries in this section. What may be even more impressive is that Ms. Fudge did not let her 2010-2011 unsuccessful entry in the same category bother her at all.
Instead of giving up then as some students may have done, she took the positive feedback she received, used it to improve her writing and was successful in 2012.
She persisted, wrote a story on a controversial topic – women in abusive relationships – and is now one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s emerging writers.
Congratulations Ms. Fudge and congratulations to your teachers who helped and encouraged you with your writing though all those school years.
We often have the impression that only the larger schools in the province have creative students and good education programs.
Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. A lot of great things happen in our smaller schools too and Ms. Fudge, and her teachers, are a good example of that.
Spain wins Euro Cup
The greatest soccer player of all time, Pele, called the sport ‘The Beautiful Game’ and that was clearly evident on Sunday, July 1 when Spain defeated Italy 4 to 0 to win the 2012 Euro Cup.
The beautiful header by Silva in the 14th minute started Spain on its historic journey in being the only nation to win back-to-back Euro Cups and the only team to score four goals in a Euro championship match.
When Jordi Alba scored before the first half ended one got the sense that something fantastic was going to happen and it did. Spain went on to score two more goals by Torres and Mata and to claim the title of being one of the greatest soccer nations on the planet as they also won the World Cup of Soccer in 2010.
The soccer world (which takes in most of the planet) can’t wait until 2014 when Spain will have to defend its tile in Brazil against the best teams in the world.
In case you don’t know, soccer is a passion in most of the world where fans eat, sleep and breathe soccer. The best players are regarded as heroes and idols in their respective countries.
Of course, the greatest hero of them all was Pele who coined the phrase ‘The Beautiful Game’.
And you know if Pele said it, it must be true.
It was really good to get out on Canada Day and see people celebrating the country’s 145th birthday.
We live in the best nation in the world and, if you don’t believe that, just ask the millions of people around the world who would love to live here which is the best country on the planet.
While no country may be perfect, there are a lot of nations where you don’t get a pension when you turn 60 or 65 or receive an allowance for the number of children you may have and, if you are not working, you certainly don’t receive EI payments.
Of course, there are many other reasons why Canada is such a great country but we can’t list them all here.
Just take our word for it – you live in a great country.