Oxford American Legion Auxilliary

The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit 376 sponsored a Poppy Poster Contest in both the Oxford Academy Middle and High Schools. The event was chaired by Terrill Sutton with assistance by Art Educators, Charity Gipp and Joni Eaton. Ten 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 contest theme expresses what the poppy represents, in any art medium chosen by the students. The students were encouraged to read the poem "In Flanders Field" and research and learn about the meaning of the red Memorial 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 ALA Unit 376 Poppy Poster Contest 2021

Emerson LaMonica's poster, Middle School, first place Teagan Franklin - 2nd place, Middle School
MS Class 1: Emerson LaMonica - 1st place MS Class 1: Teagan Franklin - 2nd place
Deanna Ferreira - third place, Middle School
MS Class 1: Deana Ferreira - 3rd place
Jillian Finch's 2021 HS, winning poppy poster. Jocelyn Finch's 2021 HS, winning poppy poster.
HS Class: Jillian Finch HS Class: Jocelyn Finch
Ayla Grems's 2021 HS, winning poppy poster. Sara Johnson, HS, and her award winning poppy oil painting.
HS Class: Ayla Grems HS Class: Sara Johnson


Elizabeth Knapp's 2021 HS, winning poppy poster. John Rovente's 2021 HS, winning poppy poster.
HS Class: Elizabeth Knapp HS Class: John Rovente
Liberty Moshier's 2021 HS, winning poppy poster.
HS Class: Liberty Moshier

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

The winning posters will be on display in the dining hall at the American Legion Post 376 (17 S Washington Ave, Oxford) for month long viewing during the Sunday Community Breakfasts.

Click to see other winning posters - Poppy Posters 2018 - Poppy Posters 2019 -* Poppy Posters 2022 - Poppy Posters 2023
*No contest in 2020 due to the Pandemic.

Congratulations students!

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