Savannah tale brings accolades to Jordan
By NATALIE PEUTnataliep@gladstoneobserver.com.au
'PAIN shot through her leg as the razor-sharp tusk pierced her tender skin. A loud shriek filled the air as a large drop of blood splattered on to the hot savannah plains.'
This was the opening paragraph of Nestle Write Around Australia zone winner Jordan Diflo's award winning story Savannah Plains.
The 12-year-old was at home sick when she was called on yesterday to attend a special award presentation at Tannum Sands State Primary School.
Jordan said although she was not feeling her best, the award certainly put a smile on her face.
'If it wasn't for my teacher, I probably wouldn't have entered the competition in the first place,' she said.
Jordan said she never counted on being a writer ? but once she had an idea the words seemed to flow easily.
Assistant co-ordinator for Nestle Write Around Australia Nita Matzky said Jordan's story impressed the judges with its descriptive paragraphs, structured sentences and the maturity of the written words.
'Tannum Sands State School benefits by receiving $500 worth of books for their library,' she said.
'Jordan will also have the opportunity to have all expenses paid trip to Brisbane for the State Presentation were she will be formally awarded.
'Jordan also receives $500 worth of books for herself.'