9th grader wins Prudential essay contest in Mekong Delta

Tran Thao Uyen, a 9th grade student from Tien Giang Province, has won the first prize in the “Prudential - Good Essay, Good Writing” competition for high-school students in the Mekong Delta.

The girl from Le Ngoc Han Secondary School convinced the jury with her arguments about the “importance of rice in Vietnamese people’s lives,” the topic of the contest organized by Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper and sponsored by British insurance company Prudential.

Sai Gon Giai Phong deputy editor-in-chief Le Thanh Dai presents an award to Tran Thao Uyen on Dec. 9 (Photo: SGGP)

“To do well, the students had to combine vivid imagination with logic,” Mr.Le Thanh Dai, deputy editor-in-chief of SGGP, said at the awards ceremony held in Hau Giang Province on December 9.

The jury said most entries met two basic requirements -- good essay and good handwriting – with many combining deep and subtle arguments.

“The contest encouraged students to write lucidly and foster a love for literature and the country among them” said deputy chairman of the Hau Giang People’s Committee, Trinh Quang Hung.

Le Anh Tuan of Prudential Vietnam’s Foreign Relations Department said his company is honored to sponsor a contest that raises students’ awareness of the value of literature in building a person’s personality.

Two second prizes were awarded to Duong Nhat Van Anh and Huynh Minh Nhut also of Le Ngoc Han Secondary School.

Two third places went to Nguyen Lieu Thao Nguyen of Ly Tu Trong Secondary School, Tra Vinh Province, and Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy of Ben Tre Junior High School in Ben Tre Province.

The organizers also gave 10 encouragement prizes to Le Thi Thu Trang of Hoa Binh High School and Le Quynh Nhu of Le Quy Don Secondary School in Vinh Long; Nguyen Phuong Thanh Truc of Le Quy Don Secondary School in Kien Giang; Tran Thi Ngoc Quy of Tran Phu Secondary School in Long An; Tran Ai Phuong and Van Thi Truc Mai of Tran Huynh Secondary School in Bac Lieu; Pham Ngoc Tram of Khanh Loc Secondary School in Ca Mau; Ly Lam Nhat Truong of Phu Loc Secondary School in Soc Trang; Dinh Ngoc Bao Tran of Nga Bay Secondary School in Hau Giang, and Pham Hoang Kim Chau of Vo Truong Toan Secondary School in Dong Thap.

By Hong Lien – Translated by Kim Khanh

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