OXFORD – 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 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.
The winners are, in MS Class 1: Taegan Manwarren - 1st place, Tiannah Dean-Anderson - 2nd place, and Ella Kelsey - 3rd place.
In MS Class 2: Jillian Finch - 1st place, Sara Johnson - 2nd place, and Naiomi Smith - 3rd place.
In the High School: Morrigan Begeal - 1st place, Owen Davis - 2nd place, and Collin Williams – 3rd place...