Student wins National Language Award

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 17-10-2007

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle

Publication Place



Fiona McCann, a Law/Arts student at The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle has won the national writing competition, Beautiful Minds: Culture of Creativity Competition.

The Competition, run by The University of Technology, Sydney, is for any high school or university student doing a foreign language. Entrants have to write either an essay or a short story in the language they are studying.

Ms McCann’s winning entry, Le Due Foto or The Two Photos, is a short story written in Italian, about two strangers who meet on a train and realise they are father and son.

“I entered ‘Beautiful Minds’ for the fun of writing a story and the opportunity to enter a national competition. I’m really proud and excited to have won this prize,” said Ms McCann.

Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Fremantle, Professor Neil Drew said, “I am delighted that a Notre Dame student has been recognised nationally and awarded for their work.”

Ms McCann studies Italian as part of her Arts degree. She sees winning this competition as an important step forward in her studies.

“This competition has given me a lot more confidence in my Italian skills, and also the confidence to continue studying and using Italian once my Arts degree has finished,” said Ms McCann.

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