Some of you may be familiar with the Royal Canadian Legion Contest, which takes place annually before Remembrance Day. For those of you who are not, I’ll quickly fill you in. Across Canada, students in grades 4 and up are able to submit their own artistic expression of things related to Remembrance Day, or relative topics such as war or the personal lives of a soldier- fictional or real. The categories include colour and pencil posters, poems, essays and stories. I chose to do my entry on the story of a sixteen year old girl named Alex Sanchez who dreams of joining the armed forces, and aspires to by applying to a military school, but must prove herself because she is a girl. Since the limit of my story could only be two pages, I could not go into great detail, but I used this to my advantage. I did not specify Alex’s gender until the last possible minute of confrontation from the administration of the military school, showing the reader that a lot of the time, things like gender (or race, religion, social status,etc) really don’t make a difference in somebody’s character.
I ended up winning second place in my district, which made me quite happy. My school won a gold for our plaque, and we are proud to have all golds on ours. With my certificate, I won a cheque for $15.00. I figured that since there wasn’t anything in particular I wanted to put the money toward, that I’ll save it for next Remembrance Day when I’ll donate it to any charities supporting veterans.
Does Remembrance Day have any special significance for you ? Do you attend any ceremonies or traditions? Aside from my award, I’m very excited about some more events I’ll be attending soon! Since mental illness is my platform, I’ll be attending the Kid’s Help Phone ‘Walk So Kids Can Talk’. Also, I’ll be working at the Calgary International Children’s Festival! It will be so exciting to see all the colourful themes, aswell as some very interesting performers, and of course the smiling children! When I was a young child, I never had a lot of free time to attend children’s festivals, so in a way it feels like I can be apart of the excitement, yet still work as a young adult.