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.

Per­sonal goal

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.

Branch 23

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.

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