The winners of the 2019 Legion Poster Contest. (submitted) The Qualicum Beach Legion Branch 76 is once again holding its Annual Literary and Poster Contest, giving school children an opportunity to express their understanding of Remembrance Day through art and literature. - RCL photo

Annual Qualicum Beach Legion Literacy and Poster Contest underway

Students encouraged to submit original art and literature

The Qualicum Beach Legion’s annual Literacy and Poster Contest is just around the corner, with submissions being accepted by the local branch.

The contest is organized through schools, and aims to deepen student’s understanding about Remembrance Day by encouraging them to create original art reflecting on the holiday.

The contest is open to all students, and is broken down into the following categories: Senior — Grades 1o, 11 and 12; Intermediate — Grades 7-9; Junior — Grades 4-6; and Primary (poster contest only) — Grades 1-3.

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The poster contest is divided into two divisions – colour and black and white. The literary contest is divided into essay and poem divisions. Students may enter as many contests as they wish, but can submit only one entry for each category.

The Qualicum Beach Legion Youth Chairman works with the schools to keep them advised of the entry deadline and judging dates, with initial judging taking place in November. The winning entries progress to further judging at the zone, provincial and national levels.

Local winners will receive a certificate and a monetary award. For the poster contest the second place winners, and any receiving an honorable mention, are displayed in the foyer of the House of Commons during the annual remembrance period in November. As well, the Legion sponsors a trip to Ottawa for the Senior National Winners in the four contests (both poster categories, essay and poetry) to attend the National Remembrance Day Service where they place a wreath on behalf of the youth of Canada. They also have an opportunity to meet and visit with the Governor General.

More information, including judging guidelines, can be found at: www.legion.ca/communities-youth/youth-education/remembrance-contests.

cloe.logan@pqbnews.com

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