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Five Surrey students win Dhahan Prize for their Punjabi stories

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Manjot Khaira and Prabh Vashisht from L.A. Matheson Secondary are among the five Surrey students to win the 2018 Dhahan Prize Youth Award for Punjabi creative writing.


Surrey students once again dominated the Dhahan Prize Youth Award for Punjabi creative writing.

Five of the eight 2018 prizes awarded went to Grade 11 and 12 students who attend Surrey secondary schools.

Winners include:

Advanced category

Banpreet K. Athwal - Queen Elizabeth Secondary

Manjot S. Khaira – L.A. Matheson Secondary

Joban S. Samra - Princess Margaret Secondary

Prabhjot K. Vashisht L.A. Matheson Secondary 

Intermediate category

Gurkamal Sandhu - Queen Elizabeth Secondary   

The other winning students were from North Delta Secondary and two from Abbotsford's Dashmesh School.

The Dhahan Prize Youth Award is the only one of its kind in B.C. It aims to encourage storytelling and experience-sharing by students, not only to promote literacy and strengthen the Punjabi language among Canadian-born youth, but to foster tolerance and understanding.

The contest invites senior secondary students from across the province to submit their Punjabi-language stories. About 42 short stories were submitted this year and translated into English. An independent jury judged the writing and winners were selected.

Student won a $500 cash prize and their stories are published in an anthology that will also be distributed free to Surrey schools.

The awards were handed out at a ceremony Oct. 21 at UBC.

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