Oxford American Legion Auxilliary

Poppy Poster Contest

The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit 376 sponsored it's first Poppy Poster Contest in May 2018. It was in both the Oxford Academy Middle and High Schools. The event was chaired by Terrill Sutton and Julie Blanford with assistance by art teachers Jon Jankowski and Joni Eaton. Nine students were poster winners.

Since World War I, the American Legion Auxiliary has been distributing the red Memorial Poppy to remind Americans that millions sacrificed their lives and health to keep America free. This poster theme was to express what the poppy represents, in any art medium. The goal was to encourage the students to research and learn about the meaning of the poppy, patriotism, veterans and service, through art.

The Unit 376 ALA Poppy Poster contest was for grades five through twelve in three levels: Middle School (grades 5-6) Class 1; Middle School (grades 7-8) Class 2, and High School. There was a first, second, and third place in each grade category.

MS Class 1: Taegan Manwarren - 1st place (5th grade)

MS Class 1: Tiannah Dean-Anderson - 2nd place (5th grade)

MS Class 1: Ella Kelsey - 3rd place (7th grade)

MS Class 2: Jillian Finch - 1st place (7th grade)

MS Class 2: Sara Johnson - 2nd place (8th grade)

MS Class 2: Naiomi Smith - 3rd place (7th grade)

High School: Morrigan Begeal - 1st place (11th grade)

High School: Owen Davis - 2nd place (12th grade)

High School: Collin Williams – 3rd place (12th grade)

Prizes were gift certificates to three Oxford restaurants: Hoppie's, The Stadium, and Joe and Vinney's (- student's choice). First place received $25 gift certificates, second $15, and third - $10 gift certificates.

Some of the posters were included in the 9th Annual Student Art Show at 6 On the Square in Oxford, NY. The art show had a reception on May 24, 2018. The winning posters then went on display in the dining hall at the American Legion Post 376 for viewing during the Sunday Community Breakfast.

Congratulations students!

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