Students across School District 69 were awarded cash prizes for their excellence in art, poetry and literacy last week by Parksville’s Royal Canadian Legion Branch.
The Legion representatives took care of most of the awards with a single stop at Nanoose Bay Elementary School.
Twenty award-winners in Grade 6 and 7 classes at Nanoose Bay Elementary collected a total of $1,475 in the legion’s annual poppy campaign awards. The students were presented certificates and envelopes of money by poppy chair Sam Esopenko, past-president Dave Doskoch and first vice-president Dave Dollis of the Mt. Arrowsmith Legion branch in a ceremony led by school principal Tandy Gunn on Nov. 30.
The students were among 28 award-winners district-wide, for their submissions of colour posters, black-and-white posters, poetry and/or essays.
From the zone competition, winners can move on to the provincial and, eventually, dominion level.
Amy Fuchs led the prize haul at Nanoose Bay, sweeping first-place honours in all four categories in the junior division. Grace Bouman (poetry) and Makenna Copley (essay) also claimed top honours, in the intermediate division. Additional prizes for second- or third-place winners went to Nanoose Bay students Jade Holman, Liam Olsen, Kent Stouffer, Marin Jorgenson, Molly Cole, Sabrina Blaose, Karissa Hargreaves, Leah Radix, Jai Paul Singtro Koonmee, Jackson Miller, Jon Robbie Watson and Amelia Chalus.
Other first-place winners in the district included Amelia Bouman of Ballenas Secondary School (black-and-white poster, senior division); Linda Ann Yoder of Ballenas (senior colour poster) and Kai Kitazaki of Springwood Elementary (intermediate black-and-white poster). Additional runner-up prize-winners include Jos Jr Hernandez Aliguyon of Springwood and Chaetonn Crawford and Emily Mahony of Ballenas.
Each first-place winner received $100, second place was worth $75 and third place earned $50.