Fisheries and Land Resources
June 27, 2019

International Year of the Salmon Poster and Essay Contest Winners Announced

The Honourable Gerry Byrne, Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources, has announced the winners of a provincial poster and essay contest commemorating International Year of the Salmon in 2019.

The Provincial Government invited Kindergarten to Grade 12 students across the province to create posters and essays based on the theme “What does salmon conservation mean to you?” There were 272 entries received from across the province. The overall winner was Amber Gibbon, a Grade 12 student at Stephenville High School, for her painted poster. The full list of winners is included in the backgrounder below.

The contest was broken down into four grade categories, with first-place and second-place cash prizes of $100 and $50, as well as one overall provincial winner of $300. All posters and essays will be displayed at Salmonier Nature Park, with the winning designs highlighted within the park’s new interpretive salmon exhibit.

The judging team included representatives of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, Conseil scolaire francophone provincial de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador, and Fisheries and Land Resources. The contest was sponsored by Loop Tackle as an initiative to raise awareness of salmon conservation.

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“I thank every student who participated, along with the judges and sponsor, Loop Tackle, who made this contest possible. I am so impressed by the level of creative effort our province’s students put into this International Year of the Salmon challenge, and the important and thoughtful messages about Atlantic salmon that emerged from the many entries we received. Our youth are the conservationists of the future, and their ideas about managing and preserving this iconic resource are truly heartwarming and encouraging.”
Honourable Gerry Byrne
Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources

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Grade 12 student Amber Gibbon of Stephenville High School was the overall provincial winner of the International Year of the Salmon Poster and Essay Contest, sponsored by Loop Tackle to raise awareness of salmon conservation. The Provincial Government invited Kindergarten to Grade 12 students across Newfoundland and Labrador to create posters and essays based on the theme “What does salmon conservation mean to you?” There were 272 entries from across the province, and winners were announced in four grade categories. All posters and essays will be displayed at Salmonier Nature Park, with the winning designs highlighted within the park’s new interpretive salmon exhibit.

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Fisheries and Land Resources
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BACKGROUNDER

Winners of the provincial International Year of the Salmon Poster and Essay Contest:
Overall Provincial Winner

Poster, Amber Gibbon, Grade 12 - Stephenville High School.

Primary (K-3)
First Place
: Poster, Jayden Bursey, Grade 1 – Immaculate Heart of Mary, Corner Brook
Second Place: Poster, Oliver Carey MacDonald, Grade 3 – Immaculate Heart of Mary, Corner Brook

Elementary (4-6)
First Place:
Poster, Claire Condon, Grade 5 – Baltimore School, Ferryland
Second Place: Poster, Amber Wall, Grade 6 – St. Edward’s School, CBS

Junior (7-9)
First Place:
Poster, Meadow Walsh, Grade 8 (French immersion) – Stephenville Middle School, Stephenville
Second Place: Poster, Amelia Spencer, Grade 8 – King Academy, Harbour Breton

Senior (10-12)
First Place:
Poster, Brianna Gibbon, Grade 12 – Stephenville High School, Stephenville
Second Place: Essay titled “Salmon Conservation,” Emma Stirling, Grade 10 – Gill Memorial Academy, Musgrave Harbour

Honorable Mentions:
Noah Mercer, Grade 8 (French immersion) – Stephenville Middle School
Margaret Dalton, Grade 5 – Baltimore School, Ferryland
Billy Elms, Grade 2 – Elwood Elementary, Deer Lake
Ashton Moore, Grade 8 – Holy Redeemer Elementary, Spaniard’s Bay

2019 06 27                              3:15 p.m.