Award-winning Thornhill student to meet Queen

Grade 6 student Sonja Csik will meet Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in England next month after her award-winning Remembrance Day poster earned second place in an international competition.

The Thornhill student attends the York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) Elementary Regional Arts Program at St. Michael Catholic Academy. Last fall, the school’s art teacher invited Grade 4 to 6 students in the program to create posters for the Royal Canadian Legion’s annual art and literacy contest.

Sonja’s Lest We Forget poster took first place at Legion Branch 375 and went on to place first at numerous levels of competition, including national. It was then entered into an international competition, Never Such Innocence, which enables young people to play their part in commemorating the centenary of the First World War through creative arts.

All winning entries will be published in a special winners’ booklet. Sonja’s poster placed second in a category featuring more than 1,100 entries from 47 countries. It’s currently on display at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa and will remain there until June 2019.

“Branch 375 of the Royal Canadian Legion is proud to be represented by such a talented young woman,” said Terri O’Connor, Legion youth education chairperson. “Sonja’s poster, Lest We Forget, is a beautiful reminder of the importance of fostering remembrance and honouring our Canadian veterans.”

At its Oct. 15 meeting, the Legion gave the Csik family a cheque for $2,000 to help cover their travel expenses to England.

“The entire St. Michael school community and YCDSB is so proud of Sonja,” says Ab Falconi, board education director. “We sincerely thank Legion Branch 375 for helping to raise funds to ensure that Sonia can enjoy this once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the Queen.”


Image of Sonja Csik’s poster courtesy of Never Such Innocence.

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