Winning poster designs earn students trip to Beaumont Hamel
The artistic talents of Ashley Power of Chapel Arm and Matthew Noonan of Old Perlican have earned them a trip to Beaumont Hamel this summer.
Power, a Level 2 student at Crescent Collegiate in Blaketown and Noonan, a Level 2 student at Baccalieu Collegiate in Old Perlican, are among the 2010 provincial winners in the Royal Canadian Legion’s Remembrance Literary and Poster contest.
Power, representing Royal Canadian Legion Sgt. Levi Hollett Branch 39, won in the Senior Colour Poster category, while Noonan representing Branch 23 in Carbonear, took first place in the Senior Black and White category. Both branches fall under District 2 of the Royal Canadian Legion.
The other winners from the province, also going on the trip, are Michael Sullivan of St. Bon’s, St. John’s (Senior Essay) and Zachary Hayden of Stephenville High (Senior Poem).
Sponsored annually by Royal Canadian Legion Provincial Command, the contest is designed to promote the theme of Remembrance amongst youth.
Each year, through creative writings and drawings, students from schools all over the province honour the supreme sacrifice made by thousands of Canadian soldiers for the preservation of peace. Submissions are judged regionally in the categories of junior, intermediate and senior divisions ( first second and third awards) and then forwarded to the Royal Canadian Legion Provincial Command office in St. John’s for the provincial competition. Along with being selected as the best in the province, winners in the senior categories are awarded a trip to France to tour the various memorials and to participate in the July 1 Remembrance Day ceremonies.
Face of Veteran
Both Power and Noonan are looking forward to being able to stand on foreign soil and pay their respects to the 733 men in the First Newfoundland Regiment who were either killed or wounded during the battle of Beaumont Hamel on July 1, 1916.
“I know all the background, the history of the Battle of Beaumont Hamel, but actually being able to stand there and connect the facts to the visual and emotional aspects of that war is going to be a huge honour for me,” says Noonan.
In designing his poster Noonan highlighted the Legion’s role in the promotion of Remembrance and the sacrifice given for freedom.
The face of a veteran, surround by wreath of poppies, is the focal point of his poster.
“I really wanted to include the Royal Canadian Legion in my poster and I also wanted to emphasize the efforts of our World War 2 soldiers. So everything I drew was centred around that,” says Noonan. “ The beret on the Veterans head has a Legion symbol on it and the wreath of poppies is also associated with the RCL as well.”
A Canadian maple leaf as well as the question: “How will you remember?” is centred under the sketch of the veteran.
“That question is the theme for this year’s contest,” explains Noonan. “And when people see my poster I hope it causes them to ponder ways they can remember our soldiers.”
His poster also depicts several battlefield scenes and detailed sketches of a frigate, bomber and tank.
The 17-year-old has been competing in the annual Literary and Poster contest for the past five years.
“I started when I was in Grade 6,” he says. “Every year I competed and as I got older the opportunity of winning a trip to France kind of turned into a personal goal. It’s something I always wanted to do. I’m pretty excited about it.”
Noonan, his mother Gillian and his brother Kent just got back from a trip to Scotland where he got to see the field where the Battle of Bannockburn took place. The 1314 battle between Scotland and England inspired the 1995 movie Braveheart. The young history buff says he is looking forward to not only learning more about the culture and history of France, but also finding out more about Newfoundland’s contribution to past wars.
“Our province lost a lot of young soldier’s on the battle fields of France,” he said. “This trip will give me a chance to really remember and honour that.”
Noonan, who has been a member of the 295 Baccalieu Sea Cadet Corps for the past five years, plans on pursuing a career in the Navy.
Along with Noonan’s accomplishment, Branch 23 of the RCL in Carbonear also racked up a number of other awards in the Literary and Poster Contest. Students from that branch included Lindsay Kelloway, Carbonear Collegiate (Senior Black and White Poster); Christina Duggan, Persalvic (Intermediate Colour Poster); Kylie Squires, Tricon Elementary ( Junior Colour Poster); Michelle Gillingham, Cabot Academy ( Junior Black and White Poster); Sarah Burt, Tricon Elementary ( Junior Black and White Poster); Celine Delaney, Cabot Academy (Primary Colour Poster) and Seanna Traverse, Cabot Academy (Primary Black and White Poster).
Meanwhile Power’s colour poster aptly named My Pledge to You” depicts several young soldiers, a heart with barbed wire coiled around it and a Canadian Flag in the background.
“It’s a collage style poster and very metaphoric,” says Power. “I put a lot of thought into it and tried to show the whole mood of war. I wanted to design my poster from a soldier’s viewpoint and evoke pride and emotion.”
Power, winner of last year’s Arts Alive Contest, spent many lunch hours in the art room at Crescent designing her poster.
“It took me about three weeks to finish it,” she said. “I think my art teacher Wendy Mills was more excited that I had won than I was.”
Like Noonan, Power is looking forward to touring France.
“I’ve never been outside Canada so I’m really excited about it,” she says. “It’s an honour for me to be representing Newfoundland like this.”
Power is also looking forward to experiencing a different culture.
“There’s a lot of cool art in France. I can’t wait to see that as well,” she adds.
Theme of Remembrance
The 16-year-old says the RCL’s Literary and Poster contest is helping to instil a deep appreciation for Remembrance and the sacrifice that was given for freedom amongst young people.
“It is really making a difference. Many young people love to write or draw and they are using these talents to explore their feelings on freedom and the need to preserve it and then sharing them with others through their creative drawings and writings,” Power says. “The contest gets us thinking about the sacrifice that many soliders have made and are making. It’s a good way to get the message of Remembrance across to youth in a manner that causes us to reflect and want to continue it.”
Power hopes to funnel her artistic talent into a career.
“I love painting and drawing and art is such a huge part of our heritage. It’s something I hope to try and turn into a career.
Other winners from Sgt. Levi Hollet Branch 39 were Cheryl Knight, Crescent Collegiate (second place Senior Colour Poster) and Danielle Morgan, Crescent Collegiate (second place Senior Black and White Poster).
Branch 32 and 15
Winners from Branch 32 include Jonathon LaLonde, Ascension Collegiate (third place Senior Colour Poster) and Holly Cousins, Amalgamated (second place Intermediate Colour Poster).
St Francis student Robert Dove representing the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 15, Harbour Grace, placed third in the Intermediate category of the Colour Poster.
SHE PLEDGES - This senior Colour Poster, designed by Ashley Power of Chapel Arm depicts several young soldiers and their peacekeeping efforts.
HE REMEMBERS - This black and white poster, designed by Matthew Noonan of Old Perlican, highlights the Royal Canadian Legion’s role in the promotion of Remembrance and the sacrifice given for freedom.
MATTHEW NOONAN - The artistic talent of Matthew Noonan of Old Perlican have earned him a trip to Beautmont Hamel this summer. Noonan, a Level 2 student at Baccalieu Collegiate in Old Perlican took first place in the Senior Black and White category of the Royal Canadian Legion’s Remembrance Literary and Poster Contest.