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Chesterfield residents receive literary honor

The winning entry by Csris Ong
The winning entry by Caris Ong

A contest that began as a competition for students in Korea has spread to the U.S. and found two award winners in Chesterfield. 

For more than two decades, Korean educational company Daekyo has been discovering new breeds of writers and literary talents through the annual Eye Level Literary Award.  

This year, two of those discoveries were Caris Ong of Kennard Classical Junior Academy, who won the gold award for her submission “Earth United” and Avi Hurio, a student at Wildhorse Elementary, who won silver. Both students addressed the contest’s 2019 theme: “If I could change one thing in the world…”

Ong’s illustrated essay expressed a unified earth with humans and animals living harmoniously in a pollutant-free earth. 

The Chesterfield students were recognized as 2 of 10 overall U.S. gold, silver and bronze winners. For their efforts, they took home an award and certificate of achievement and will have their essays sent to Seoul, Korea, for global judging. The global award winners will receive a free trip and tour of the capital city over a three-day period.

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