AN English third language learner from Vérité Primary School has been selected as one of the top 20 story writers in the Growsmart Story Writing Competition in the Eastern Cape.Nonzaliseko Mjo’s story is about her challenging and difficult personal experience on the road to recovery after she was involved in a serious vehicle accident. Therefore the title of her story is: “The Scar on my Leg” whereby she motivates others who had been in the same situation that their scars can also be healed.Vérité principal, Marlene Lottering said, “English is not our learners’ first language, so what our English educator, Carmen Gertze has achieved to inspire them to participate in this competition I regard as extremely good. We are very proud of Nonzali.”According to Gertze, “It is very difficult, actually a mammoth task to get the learners to communicate in English, but through motivation, trust and learners opening up to me, I got the gold.” Nonzaliseko is attending a workshop today (Thursday, July 25th)hosted by the publishers, Via Afrika, at Green-acres auditorium. Her story will be published by Via Afrika in this year’s Growsmart story book. The top three story writing winners will be announced on September 7th. Nonzaliseko has also received the Pick ’n Pay Hero of the Month Award. According to Carmen Gertze, Grade 6 English educator and story writing mentor, “Many of the school’s learners come from a socio-deprived background and are dependent on the school nutrition programme for a daily balanced meal. It is thus against this background that we take pride in Nonzali’s achievement.”The story writing competition is an initiative from Growth Point Property Group.