Proud family members, teachers and friends packed themselves into the Kanata Legion to watch as 33 students were honoured on Sunday, Jan. 27, for their participation in the 2012 Remembrance poems, essay and poster contest.
Juliette Riffault, a student from Roger-St.-Denis Catholic French elementary school, took home first place in the colour poster contest for grade 1 to 3 students.
“I did a rainbow and under the rainbow were poppies and white crosses, and a Canadian flag … to represent remembrance,” said Juliette.
Her family was on hand to watch her receive a certificate and medal from legion president John Cher.
“I was very excited because she won first place,” said older sister Laurianne.
Liam John, from Katimavik Elementary School, won first place for his poem in the grades 7 to 9 category, and went on to win second place at the zone level, which is comprised of seven legions.
“I based it on a young kid who lost his father during the war,” said Liam of his poem. “We were doing perspectives in class and I wanted to see if I could put myself in someone else’s shoes.”
The legion received 320 entries in 12 different categories this year. Seven out of the 12 first place winners placed at the zone level. Five of those seven placed first and went on to the district level.
“You the students … should be extremely proud of your accomplishments,” said Brenda Grant, chairwoman of youth and education at the legion. “We encourage you to always do your best in everything you do. You are our future.”