17-Year-Old Sabahan Student Wins First Place At An International Haiku Competition

Congratulations, Hanisah!

Cover image via Dr Sirhajwan Idek/New Straits Times & Sabah Media

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A 17-year-old girl from Sabah recently won first place for an international haiku competition hosted in Argentina

On 5 November, Siti Nur Hanisah Omar Hashim, an early childhood education student hailing from Keningau Vocational College, participated in an online art festival called Argentine Gathering hosted in Argentina — and won!

As reported by The Rakyat Post, the student has been participating in several haiku-writing workshops via Google Meet hosted by her school and mentored by experts from Britain and the US. It all proved to be worth it, as she scored first place in an international competition.

"I felt happy and proud when I got the first prize for my haikus. It has motivated me to learn to write more. I want to write short stories next," she told the New Straits Times.

Haiku is a type of poetry originating from Japan that usually has three lines

Haiku by Matsuo Bashō reading "Quietly, quietly, yellow mountain roses fall, sound of the rapids."

Image via Wikipedia

Each line has a prerequisite number of syllables, with the first two lines describing visual and auditory imagery, and finishes with the intended message in the final line.

"I learnt to write the haikus from the workshops I attended last month. I felt so touched when my teacher, Dr Sirhajwan Idek, told me that he would submit my haikus for a competition," the winner said.

Her winning haiku portrayed nature and the environment around her while the message focused on her parents and her school life.

Here's an excerpt from her haiku submission:

"October morning
The sun is fading away
Same goes with feelings."

Watch the winning submission below:

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