Making a stamp
Contest hosted by Cupids Museum attracts plenty of interest
A postage stamp design contest organized recently by the Cupids Museum attracted some 1,000 entries from students in Grades 4-9 at some 20 schools throughout the Avalon Peninsula.
It was the 15th annual contest, and was held to mark Canada’s Heritage Week and Canada’s Flag Day, which took place Feb. 15.
The theme for this year’s contest was “All in a day’s work,” and had many entries questioning parents and grandparents for details about their life’s work.
The trophies, medals and gift packages were presented to winners during the opening ceremonies of the Avalon Regional Heritage Fair, which was held in St. John’s on May 13.
The top prize went to Katrina-Lynn Picco of Biship Field Elementary in St. John’s, who was awarded the Cupids Museum Award of Excellence Trophy for 2011. Her colourful design of a working farm with animals and tractor in front of a red barn was the No. 1 choice of judges.
The Cupids Legacy Heritage Award was presented to Kelsea Furlong of Mary Queen of Peace Elementary in St. John’s for her miniature works of art showing a day’s hard work.
In the senior division (Grades 7-9), it was a clean sweep for Stella Maris Academy in Trepassey. First place was awarded to Haily Sampson for her detailed design of an RCMP officer on horseback. Sydnie Power and MacKenzie Grace placed second and third, respectively.
In the junior division (Grades 4-6), MacKenzie Crane of Holy Redeemer School in Spaniard’s Bay was the winner, with her colourful medical collage of stethoscope, hypodermic and mallet. Gillian Mullins of Woodland Elementary in Dildo was awarded second place, while third went to Andrew Janes of Mary Queen of Peace in St. John’s.
Honourable mentions were presented to Ehvan Griffiths of Immaculate Conception in Colliers and Tara Engle of Acreman Elementary in Green’s Harbour.
All entries will be displayed at the new Cupids Legacy Centre throughout the summer, and will also be displayed Oct. 22 during the St. John’s Philatelic Society Exhibit at Holiday Inn in St. John’s.