Onoway Legion presents Remembrance Poster Awards to OJSH Students
Posted on May 29th, 2019
One of the commitments the Royal Canadian Legion has made is ensuring youth understand and continue the tradition of Remembrance. Through the Legion's Annual Poster and Literary Contests, students across Canada are given the opportunity to honour our Veterans through creative art and writing projects.
On Friday, May 24th, members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 132 (Onoway) visited Onoway Junior Senior High School to present two students who had entered the annual contest and were successful in their endeavours. Legion members Richard Moses (Vice-President) and Ted Latimer (Poppy and Remembrance) were joined by Onoway Town Councillor Pat St. Hilaire to present the awards.
Currently in Grade 8, Maya Roberts entered the Intermediate level black and white poster contest. Maya’s poignant drawing of a military grave with battle boots, helmet and a posthumous medal won first prize at the Branch level and an Honourable Mention at the District Level. Maya’s brother, Jake, attended the presentation where Maya was presented with certificates and a cash prize for her poster.
Current Grade 12 student Emily Fyfe entered her black and white drawing into the Legion contest at the Senior level. Her dramatic rendition of a warrior angel, dragging his poppy-filled parachute while carrying a fallen comrade to his rest won Emily first prize at the Branch level. Emily’s drawing went on to win first place at the District level and then second place at the Command level. Emily’s family was on hand to witness the award presentation where Emily was presented with three certificates and cash prizes. Emily said she was inspired to do the drawing by her father’s service in the military.
Entries to the Legion’s annual literary and poster contest are judged first at the local Branch level. Then, those winning submissions are forwarded to the District level. District level winning entries are then forwarded to the Command – or Provincial – level. The provincial winners are then sent to Dominion Command for judging. Entries for the contest have to be submitted by the November 15th deadline to the closest Legion branch.