Congratulations to VANESSA YEOH EE XIN from Year 1 Diploma of Graphic Design as she was recently awarded as one of the top ten winners for Category B (fiction) of the Maybank Foundation – Perdana Leadership Foundation Writing & Photo Contest 2015. With the theme of “Empowering Youth for a Better ASEAN”, this essay writing and photo competition had more than 4000 entries from all over Malaysia and was held from 6 August to 16 September 2015. The prize giving ceremony was held on 27 January 2016 at the Perdana Leadership Foundation in Putrajaya. Vanessa submitted three entries and was guided by Ms Radziah Nasir, a lecturer from the Division of English and Foreign Languages, Centre for Nation Building and Languages. With the win, Vanessa brought home US$300 cash and MPH book vouchers.

Incidentally, Vanessa, who collects food packets as a hobby, was also the winner for CNBL Short Story Competition (Diploma and A levels Category) held in July 2015. Having deep interest in both fiction as well as non-fiction writing, Vanessa credits jotting down ideas as soon as she gets them as key to having well-structured and original stories. She also states that achieving a top ten spot in a prestigious, nationwide writing competition has made her more confident about her writing skills and it has also motivated her to explore different types of fiction writing.