Vietnamese student wins prize at international UPU contest

Friday, 2014-08-08 12:01:41
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Pham Phuong Thao – Placed in top seven in International Letter-Writing Contest
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Nhan Dan – Pham Phuong Thao, a seventh grader at Chu Van An Secondary School in Hai Phong city has been awarded special mention in the 43rd Universal Postal Union (UPU) International Letter-Writing Contest, announced the organisers.

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With a task to ‘Write a letter describing how music can touch lives’, the competition received over 1.5 million entrees from 51 UPU member countries around the world.

Earlier in May, Thao’s letter surpassed other 1.3 million others to win Hai Phong the first prize for the first time at the national-level UPU contest.

Thao’s entry was about the incarnation of a violin writing a letter to an angry mother whose husband left her and her blind son to run away with a female violinist who ruined her son’s dream of becoming a musician.

The letter was translated into French and sent to the UPU in Switzerland for the international round.

Nataša Milošević, 13, from Bosnia & Herzegovina won first prize at the international contest. This is also the first time her country has won a prize at the contest since it joined UPU in 1993.

Through the incarnation of an abandoned violin, the student from Bosnia & Herzegovina recounted the violin’s journey to become the inspiration for a boy to grow to be a talented musician.

The second prize was awarded to Chinese Zou Canyan, 10, while third prize went to Ashley Nicole Abalos, 11, from the Philippines. Thao shared the consolation prize with another three students.

After 24 appearances in the international-level competition, Vietnamese students have won ten awards including a first place award which went to Ho Thi Hieu Hien from Tay Son Secondary School in Da Nang city in 2010.

The awards ceremony for this year’s event will be held on World Post Day on October 9.