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Student wins national award

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Estevan Royal Canadian Legion president Troy LeBlanc, Legion district commander Sharren Dukart and local Legion literary and poster contest chair Linda Betnar presented a national award for top primary colour poster to Randi Milbrandt.

An Estevan student took top spot in the country through the Royal Canadian Legion's annual Remembrance Day Literary and Poster Contest.

It was revealed at an awards ceremony hosted by the local Legion on April 22 that Randi Milbrandt, who attends Pleasantdale School, took first place in the primary colour poster contest for the dominion. It's the first time in several years that an Estevan area student has finished first in the national competition.

Randi's poster depicts a man kneeling down by a grave marker, with poppies surrounding the grave. The bottom of the poster shows Pleasantdale students holding hands in a gesture of peace.

She received a cheque for $200 and a plaque for her winning entry.

Randi wasn't the only student who thrived in this year's contest.

Rebecca Duncan, who is also a student at Pleasantdale, was the provincial winner in the junior essay competition. In her essay, Rebecca discusses how she talked to her grandmother about the war.

And Rebecca finished second in the district in the junior poem contest for a submission that reflected on what her family had to deal with during the war.

Two students had third place finishes in the province: Elizabeth Wasmann of Macoun School in intermediate essay, and Dakota Emde of Midale School in senior poetry.

A total of 229 students participated in the local literary and poster contest this year. Students in primary, junior, intermediate and senior age groups submitted colour posters, black-and-white posters, poems and essays.

The Legion salutes students who had a top three finish, or an honourable mention, at the local, zone, district, provincial and national levels each year.


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