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Cupids Museum Postage Stamp Design Contest elicits more than 1,000 talented entries

Cupids Museum has announced the winners of the 13th annual Postage Stamp Design Contest held to mark Canada's Heritage Day, Feb. 16, 2009.

The theme Exploring and Discovering sent many students to the Internet and libraries to research topics ranging from John Cabot, Beothuks, and Captain Bob Bartlett.

Stamp Design winners 2009 - Front row from left are: Linda Kane, Cupids Museum; Mark Blundon, Third Place Junior Division; Kylie Squires, Second Place, Junior Division; Scarlett George, Cupids Museum Award of Excellence; Kelsie Sheppard, First Place, Juni

Cupids Museum has announced the winners of the 13th annual Postage Stamp Design Contest held to mark Canada's Heritage Day, Feb. 16, 2009.

The theme Exploring and Discovering sent many students to the Internet and libraries to research topics ranging from John Cabot, Beothuks, and Captain Bob Bartlett.

This year, the Historica Regional Heritage Fair for Eastern School District formed a partnership with Cupids Museum for the Stamp Design Contest. The result was a remarkable 1,150 entries from 33 schools in the Eastern School District.

Participating schools in Trinity Conception this year included All Hallows Elementary, North River; Tricon Elementary, Bay de Verde; Perlwin Elementary, Winterton; Harbour Grace Primary; Epiphany Elementary, Heart's Delight-Islington; Whitbourne Elementary; Davis Elementary, Carbonear; Crescent Collegiate, Blaketown; Cabot Academy, Western Bay; and Woodland Elementary in Dildo.

Other schools from the Eastern School District that submitted designs were: Clarenville Middle School, Holy Family Elementary, Rennies River Elementary, Sacred Heart Elementary, Bishop Field Elementary, I.J. Sampson Junior High, Immaculate Conception School, Beaconsfield Junior High, Tricentia Academy, St. George's Elementary, Stella Maris Academy, St. Edward's School, Random Island Academy, Anthony Paddon Elementary, Mary Queen of Peace Elementary, Hazelwood Elementary, St. Mary's Elementary, Virginia Park Elementary, Lake Academy, Fatima Academy, St. Bonaventure's College and St. Edwards Elementary.

Prizes

Cupids Museum Curator Linda Kane and sponsor representatives presented medals, prizes, and trophies during the May 1 opening ceremonies, of the Eastern School District Regional Heritage Fair held at the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts.

Scarlett George, Woodland Elementary, Dildo, was awarded The Cupids Museum Award of Excellence for 2009. Her detailed design of a Beothuk campsite was judged the top award by Museum Curator Linda Kane.

A new award, The Cupids 400 Heritage Award, was presented to Lyndon Thorne, also of Woodland Elementary, for his colourful rendition of a trio of Beothuks around a campfire.

Kelsey Sheppard, Woodland Elementary, was the unanimous choice of the 11 judges to gain First Place in Junior Division (Grades 4-6).

"Her beautiful rendition of two cheery puffins at sunset awed the judges," Kane said.

Second Place in Junior Division was won by Kylie Squires of Tricon Elementary in Bay de Verde.

"Kylie chose a scientific theme showing Exploring and Discovering to display a collage of tools used in the study of fossils and insects," the curator said.

The Bay de Verde Venture, a fishing boat, was the subject of Tricon Elementary student Mark Blundon's precise drawing.

Judges noted his attention to detail and awarded him a third place medal.

Honourable Mention awards for Junior Division went to Lexi Symonds of St. George's Elementary, Manuels; Mikayla Lahey of Epiphany Elementary; Grace King of Rennies River Elementary, St. John's; and Kobe Doyle of Cabot Academy.

Crescent Collegiate, Blaketown, swept the top three places in Senior Division (Grades 7-9).

First Place was awarded to Natasha Warren for her superb drawing of an intense looking John Cabot and his ship The Matthew.

Judges were impressed with the artwork of Zach Driscoll who placed Second with another interpretation of Cabot's Matthew, and NL flag.

Stephanie Warren entered a design showing a joyful collage of lighthouse, whale, fishing boat, and moose and was awarded with the third place medal.

Honourable Mention awards for Senior Division went to Chris Jackson of I.J Sampson Junior High, St. John's; Steven Caines of Lake Academy, Fortune; and Kerri-Lynn St. Croix of Stella Maris Academy in Trepassey.

Sponsors and Judges for this year were Shari Porter and William Dawe of Canada Post Corp.; Marilyn Dawe and Jeremy Roop representing Parks Canada; Alexander Kane of Cupids Historical Society; Penny Dowden, Lorraine Benoite and Peter Laracy representing Cupids 400 Inc.; Barb Tucker of CBS Rentals Inc.; Dave Powell of Powell's Supermarkets; Edmund Dawson of Investors Group Inc.; Andrew Mercer, music teacher; St. John's Philatelic Society; William Gilbert, chief archaeologist of Baccalieu Trail Heritage Corp.; Master Corporal Korin Ford, CFB Petawawa; and Linda Kane, curator of Cupids Museum.

All entries were displayed May 1-2 at The Eastern School District Regional Heritage Fair in Bay Roberts. All winning entries will be displayed at Cupids Museum during Summer 2009.

In 2010 the Stamp Design Contest will be expanded once again to be open to students throughout Newfoundland and Labrador as a celebration event for the 400th anniversary of the founding of Cupids, the birthplace of English Canada.

Organizations: Eastern School District Regional Heritage Fair, Cabot Academy, Stella Maris Academy Historica Regional Heritage Fair Cupids Museum for the Stamp Design Contest Lake Academy Conception School Tricentia Academy Random Island Academy Fatima Academy Grace King Canada Post Corp. Parks Canada CBS Rentals Investors Group Inc. Baccalieu Trail Heritage

Geographic location: Canada, Bay de Verde, Rennies River St. George's North River Bay Roberts Winterton Carbonear Western Bay St. John's Clarenville Virginia Park Newfoundland and Labrador Trepassey

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