Over 150 people assembled at the Carbonear Legion to watch as 42 local students representing seven schools were recognized for their winning entries into the Royal Canadian Legion's Poster and Literary Contest.
The contest is open to students from grades 1-12 and is divided into four divisions — primary (1-3), junior (4-6), intermediate (7-9) and senior (10-12). There are four categories — two in the poster category (black and white and colour) and two in the literary contest (poem and essay).
Branch 23 Carbonear received over 1,000 entries from the seven schools: Carbonear Academy, Carbonear Collegiate, Persalvic Elementary, Cabot Academy, Tricon Elementary, Baccalieu Collegiate and Perlwin Elementary. These entries were judged by three retired school teachers in Carbonear and the top three winners in all the categories received their prizes last night.
The top three winners in each category are also sent into Provincial Command of Newfoundland and Labrador Command of The Royal Canadian Legion for further judging. Among these 42 entries, there were nine provincial winners:
• Isabel Harris, Carbonear Academy (1st place Primary Colour Poster);
• Brooklyn Noonan, Tricon Elementary (1st place Junior Colour Poster);
• Bryanna Hogan , Cabot Academy (1st place Junior Essay);
• Cassandra Hogan, Persalvic Elementary (3rd place Intermediate Essay);
• Brandon Younge, Baccalieu Collegiate (2nd place Intermediate Poem);
• Alisha Mahaney, Carbonear Collegiate (1st place Intermediate Colour Poster);
• Emily Button, Baccalieu Collegiate (3rd place Senior Black and White Poster);
• Madison Baldwin, Carbonear Collegiate (2nd place Senior Essay);
• Matthew Butt, Carbonear Collegiate (1st place Senior Poem).
The five first-place winners will be judged in Ottawa against all first-place winners from across Canada.
The highlight of the evening was the naming of Madison Baldwin and Matthew Butt as students selected to participate in the Annual Legion's Pilgrimage to Europe to follow Trail of the Caribou in July. They will join 16 other students, four veterans, four chaperons, a nurse and the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial President Comrade Frank Sullivan on the eight-day trip.
Comrade Sarah Lawrence, Carbonear Branch Schools Committee chairperson, emceed the evening and many legions members, including Branch President Gary Laing, took turns presenting the prizes to the students. Comrade Berkley Lawrence, Provincial Command First Vice President, made the provincial presentations.
— Submitted by Berkley Lawrence