My First W@W Prize Award Ceremony
There is a first time for everything. This is what it feels like for Teacher Eunice to attend her very first W@W Prize Award Ceremony after conducting the writing competition.
Every student’s face. If only one could capture the myriad of emotions and relive the transition of varied expressions across the faces in that short span of time. Words would not be able to fully do justice in depicting them, but they would suffice.
A Primary 3 girl in a purple dress, ponytail, and an adorable dimpled grin bouncing up and down on stage, her face an open book to see the excitement she cannot contain.
The seven Primary 1 and 2 kids with transfixed gazes in the middle of the stage, overwhelmed by the seated audience and possibly seeking out the two familiar faces.
The more subdued Primary 6s – some were smiling, some looked ill at ease, a few looking bored and less eager, but nonetheless still a glimmer of anticipation behind the mask of aloofness.
The outspoken Primary 4 boy who was not afraid to speak his mind in front of two hundred guests, entertaining the audience with uninhibited responses.
And the highlight of the night would be the moment of awaiting the announcement for the Champion. The champion whom I had the privilege of presenting the award to.
The subtle look that passed between the two evenly matched winners. The look of disbelief crossing the champion’s face when her name was called, for a brief second, then turning to an awestruck expression.
It was a refreshing experience, to see the simple and transparent reactions of each of these students.
It was a heartwarming moment, to present the awards to those familiar faces I am especially partial towards.
It was a heartening opportunity, to see the many bright young budding writers being recognised, their efforts and talents being acknowledged.
They were the pride and joy of their parents, and teachers. They were the stars of the show.