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CBS students honoured for their artwork honouring veterans

By Craig Westcott

Students from Conception Bay South proved to be among the most artistic in the country when it came to a poster competition sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion.

Upper Gullies Elementary student Evelyn Hayward, centre, receives an award for her poster submission from Royal Canadian Legion Branch 50 president Pauline Hudson and Poppy Chairman Ralph Parmenter.
Holy Spirit High student Jacob McGann accepts an award for his artwork from Royal Canadian Legion Branch 50 vice-president Mo Keating. McGann will have his poster displayed in Ottawa and will also get a trip to Beaumont Hamel this fall.
Queen Elizabeth student Amber Wall came first in the province for her senior category black & white poster. It earned her an all-expenses paid trip to Beaumont Hamel this fall.
McGann’s award-winning poster honouring Canada’s veterans.

Two Conception Bay South school students will have the artwork they submitted in a Royal Canadian Legion poster contest displayed at the Parliament buildings in Ottawa later this year, while a third has earned a trip to Beaumont Hamel for having the top black and white poster creation in the province.

Jacob McGann of Topsail and Evelyn Hayward of Upper Gullies, along with Queen Elizabeth High student Amber Wall, were saluted for their achievements by councillor-at-large Rex Hillier at this month’s public council meeting, held June 11.

Hillier noted the poster contest is organized locally by Branch 50 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Kelligrews.

“They were the only students from Newfoundland and Labrador who won at the federal level,” Hillier said of Hayward and McGann. “Jacob’s senior (category) colour poster won first at Branch 50, first at the provincial level and third at the federal level. Emily’s primary (level) black and white poster came first at Branch 50, first at the provincials, and second at the federal level. I know our local Legion Branch is very proud of them as everybody is.”

Hayward and McGann’s submissions will be on display at the Parliament buildings from October 25 to November 11, Hillier said.

“I believe there is a pilgrimage to Beaumont Hamel mixed in with this as well, so it’s quite an honour,” he said. “These two young people have done very well, and I certainly want to congratulate them and wish them luck in their exams and where they go from here.”

Mayor Darrin Bent congratulated the members of Branch 50 for “the wonderful job” they do promoting the memories of those who have served the country. “This poster contest is a shining example of continuing on with that remembrance,” he added.

Branch 50 participates in the countrywide poster contest every year, judging entries from students in CBS and sending the top three winners in each category to the Provincial Command, which in turn sends its top finishers to the national office. Along with winning a cash prize, the work of the federal winners is put on display in the Parliament buildings for the two-week Remembrance period in November.

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