Oxford American Legion Auxilliary

Poppy Poster Contest

The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit 376's Poppy Poster Contest takes place in May annually and is open to art students in both the Oxford Academy Middle and High Schools. The Poppy Program event is chaired by Terrill Sutton and Julie Blanford with assistance by the Oxford Academy art department. Nine students are chosen (*three place winners in 3 categories) yearly as poster winners. The Auxiliary Unit 376 sponsored it's first Poppy Poster Contest in May 2018.

To see past poster winners click - Poppy Posters 2018.

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 should express what the poppy represents, in any art medium. The goal is 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 is for grades five through twelve in three levels: Middle School (lower grades) Class 1; Middle School (higher grades) Class 2, and High School. There was a first, second, and third place in each grade category.

Below are the winners of the Poppy Poster Contest 2019

1st place, Middle School Class 1 poster by Quinnlin LaMonica
MS Class 1: Quinnlin LaMonica- 1st place (7th grade)

2nd place, Middle School Class 1 poster by Leah Oliver
MS Class 1: Leah Oliver- 2nd place (7th grade)

3rd place, Middle School Class 1 poster by Elijah Bennett
MS Class 1: Elijah Bennett- 3rd place (7th grade)

1st place, Middle School Class 2 poster by Matthew Cole
MS Class 2: Matthew Cole- 1st place (9th grade)

2nd place, Middle School Class 2 poster by Aubrey Simpson
MS Class 2: Aubrey Simpson- 2nd place (10th grade)

3rd place, Middle School Class 2 poster by Ashley Rhodes
MS Class 2: Ashley Rhodes - 3rd place (10th grade)

1st place, High School Class poster by Lexi Kohlhepp
High School: Lexi Kohlhepp- 1st place (11th grade)

2nd place, High School Class poster by Shanee Baker-Bush
High School: Shanee Baker-Bush - 2nd place (11th grade)

3rd place, High School Class poster by Tessa Manwarren
High School: Tessa Manwarren – 3rd place (11th grade)

Prizes are gift certificates to three Oxford restaurants: Hoppie's, The Stadium, and Joe and Vinney's (- student's choice). First place - $25 gift certificates, second $15, and third - $10 gift certificates. Certificates will be presented at the Oxford Academy Spring Awards ceremony, Wednesday, June 5, 2019, starting at 7 p.m.

Some of the posters will be included in the 10th Annual Student Art Show at 6 On the Square (at 6 LaFayette Park) in Oxford, NY. The date of the art show reception - Thursday, May 23, 2019, from 4 to 6 p.m. This exhibit runs through June 2019. The winning posters will also be on display in the dining hall at the American Legion Post 376 (17 S Washington Ave, Oxford) for viewing during the Sunday Community Breakfast.

Congratulations students!

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