The Top 6 Entries for 2014 YWA Announced!
Many thanks to all of you who have been so patient with our long judging process. We are happy to announce that we have shortlisted the top 6 in each category and they are:
|Alex Huan||What I Enjoy Most About Shenzhen, China||QSI|
|Sasha Beggs||Going to Shenzhen||QSI|
|Zoe Mathelier||The Beach||QSI|
|Jia Bao Kim||My Favorite Experience of Shenzhen, China||QSI|
|Johnny Yang||The Zoo||QSI|
|Maho Kimura||Playing with Friends in Shenzhen||SIS|
|Maria Granata||Foods in Shenzhen China||QSI|
|Flynn Hamilton||Munch! Crunch! China!||RIA|
|Janice (Ji Hae) Kim||Snow in Shenzhen||QSI|
|Maylin Quinn||My Favorite Experience since Arriving In Shenzhen||QSI|
|Victor Lin||Changes of my Home Town||QSI|
|Benjamin Beggs||My Shenzhen||QSI|
|Audrey Liang||Subway Riding in Shenzhen||SWIS|
|Renee Liu||The Food Experience||SWIS|
|Alisa Granata||Homeless, But Not Heartless||QSI|
|Iris Lee||Moving into Surprise City||SIS|
|Lara Li||Magical Wei Chi||SWIS|
|Jake Hamilton||The Festival||RIA|
|Lily Li||The Search||SIS|
|Jinny Kim||Eating “Malatang”||QSI|
|Kitty Gao||Things Unseen||QSI|
|Annie Sun||Growing Up with the Metro Network||SIS|
|Grace Lee||My Life Would Have Been Different||QSI|
|Bryan C. Tan||Change||ISNS|
The Process for the final judging tonight:
Judges from 5 of the participating schools gathered at QSI Sihai campus tonight to debate the essays. 4 of the 5 judges were present and the final 5th judge who could not make it was excused and would instead help us with tie-breakers. We had a few of those.
The judges started in the Primary Age group and worked upwards. In each group the judges chose the top 3 and told the other judges why the had chosen them. After a bit of debate – we voted by giving them points and where the top 1st, 2nd or 3rd were obvious the vote would stand. Where the difference between them were close – we would continue to debate until one or more of the judges changed their minds.
All the judges agree that the process was fair and eventually after 2 hours – we now know 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. We are going to wait to make sure all the judges have reviewed the winners and their scores before we announce on Wednesday June 11th.
Super Thanks to all the Judges in our Panel:
Susan Kim – SIS
Patrick Brennan – ISNSZ
Philippa Kirwan – SWIS
Debra Lavagnin – SAIS
Honey Varvel - QSI
Thanks to DaVinci Pizza for sponsoring pizza and refreshments for tonight!
Monday June 9th: We will be announcing the name of the students who are part of the Top 6 at 9PM tonight.
Wednesday June 11th: 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners will be announced by name!
Wednesday June 11th – Friday June 20th: Voting begins for the reader’s choice. The 3 entries that are not placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd will be published for reader’s to vote on ShenzhenStandard.com. We will have instructions on the website to let you know how to vote. One vote per registered email address only.
Monday June 23rd: The winner of the iPad Mini will be announced. One of the judges will pick the names from a hat – the names will be all the placed winners (16 names – including the Reader’s Choice).
Good luck to everyone.