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Olivia Blake named provincial winner of design and story contest


Olivia Blake of Marystown Central High School (MCHS) is the provincial winner of the 2017 Historic Sites Design and Story contest.

Olivia Blake was the provincial winner for the 2017 Historic Sites Design and Story contest.

Open to student from Grades 4-12, the annual contest is held as a warm up for the spring Heritage Fairs.

Olivia was selected out of 438 students who sent in an original piece of artwork as well as an essay about the piece. 

“The topic for the contest was story telling,” she said, “so I decided to draw activities that I thought represented Newfoundland and Labrador culture.”

The theme of this year’s contest was "Keeping our Stories Alive: Celebrating 20 Years of Heritage Fairs in NL". 

The Grade 10 student got the idea for the scenes she drew from stories told by family members, as well as ones she as seen on TV.

Olivia got the news that she was the provincial winner last week after being called into the office at MCHS. 

“I was really happy when I found out I was the winner, as I put a lot of effort into my drawing,” she said.

Olivia has always had an interest in art, “ever since I was young I’ve always loved drawing and painting.” 

As the overall winner, Olivia will receive $100 and her design will appear on the official Heritage Fair t-shirt.

Katelyn Butler was surprised to learn that she was selected as the regional winner for the design and story contest.

Regional

Katelyn Butler, a student at Sacred Heart Academy in Marystown, was also selected as one of the six regional winners. 

The Grade 5 student’s project was entitled “A Snapshot in Time.”

Katelyn did her project on an island in Placentia Bay, called Port Elizabeth. 

“It is where my nan and pop grew up,” she explained.

She choose the topic because she enjoys visiting the island with her family. 

“I really like going over there,” she said. 

In her essay Katelyn describes her trips back to the island and the things they get to do during the visits, such as sliding during winter visits, or helping to make rhubarb jam during the summer. 

Katelyn also enjoys the boat trip over to the island, during which she has an opportunity to see seals and whales.

It came as a surprise to her when she learned she was among the regional winners. 

“Just yesterday, (it was) on the news,” she told The Southern Gazette on Wednesday. 

“We had two calls — (they) were from both my nans and they were like you were on the news, they called your name,” Katelyn said. 

At first she thought it might have been a mistake, thinking it might be another Katelyn Butler who won, her mother Aimee Butler said.

They visited the associations website to verify the news. 

“I didn’t think I was going to win,” Katelyn said. “I remember even saying in school, my friend told me she remembered my exact words I said, ‘I don’t think I’m going to win, I don’t really have a chance’.

“But I guess I was wrong.”   

Katelyn and the other five regional winners from across the province all received a prize of $50.

 

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