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Students awarded prizes for Legion Annual Poster and Literary Contest

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The Royal Canadian Legion General Stewart Branch held its annual awards for the Legion Poster and Literary competition on 9 May in the Memorial Hall. 

“It’s a privilege to acknowledge the talent and efforts of the student from Grades 1 through 12.  They really do a great job, and work very hard on their submissions.” says Legion Poppy Chair Pat McIntosh. 
Thirty-eight youth from the southwest were celebrated last night at the Annual Poster & Literary Awards Night at the General Stewart Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.  
The Legion holds this Canada-wide contest each year on the theme of Remembrance.  Posters, essays and poems are entered in different age categories.  The entries are judged at the Branch level, with first place submissions moving on to District, Provincial and National levels.  Cash prizes are awarded at each level. 
National winners in the Senior category of Poster, Essay and Poem win a trip to Ottawa to represent the youth of Canada delegation and lay a wreath at the National Remembrance Day ceremony.
This year saw six winners at the District level from the Lethbridge branch submissions.  Three first place awards were received:  Ethan Bareman (Coaldale Christian School) in the Primary Poster – Black and White category, Samantha Hunt (LCI) in the Senior Poster – Black and White category, and Paige Zemp (Lakeview School) in the Junior Poster – Color category.  Lizzy Breukelman (Coaldale Christian School) received Second in the Senior Essay category.  Honorable Mention was received by Tarek Jones (Lakeview School)
in the Junior Poster- Black and White category, and by Mataya Van Hierden (Immanuel Christian School) in the Junior Poem category.  Almost $2500.00 was shared by all winners.
Branch level judges were individuals with expertise in art or the literary field.  The literary judges were:  Chris Burton, Kathy Shigemi and Duncan McGeorge.  The poster judges were: Janice Wilson, Linda May Stoddart and Cheryl Tingley.
The Legion has seen a drop in entries in recent years. To encourage future greater participation they challenge their community youth to submit an entry to commemorate the end of WW1 as a personal act of Remembrance in the upcoming fall contest.

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