The winners were announced in the School Art Poster Contest put on by the CNY Veterans Parade Committee and the Downtown Committee. The posters, drawn by local middle or high school students, were chosen based on the theme "Thanking Our Veterans."
"We received 91 entries - some of which were individual efforts, some were group efforts, but they all demonstrate great respect and high regard for our veterans and our military forces," said David Mankiewicz, executive director of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc.
Best at Conveying the "Thanking Our Veterans" Theme: Haley Kinnetz, a ninth grader in Mrs. Jennifer DeCaro's studio art class at Durgee Jr. High School in Baldwinsville.
Best at Depicting a General Patriotic Sentiment: Noelle Webster, a ninth grader in Mrs. Gail Glagola's drawing and painting class at West Genesee High School.
For the most creative/original idea - two winners: Sarah Abraham, a eighth grader in Mrs. Joanna McCaffrey's class at Durgee Jr. High School in Baldwinsville and Christina Holzhauer, a ninth grader in Mrs. Gail Glagola's drawing and painting class at West Genesee High School.
In addition, there were 11 entries that will be awarded an honorable mention.
"The 2009 CNY Veterans Parade is a great opportunity for children, and really people of any age, to see how many members of their community are veterans," said Assemblyman William B. Magnarelli, D-120. "Seeing hundreds of veterans of all ages and all walks of life in this parade triggers a sense of gratitude for the sacrifices these brave men and women have made for our freedoms."
The CNY Veterans Parade will kick off at noon, Saturday Nov. 7 at Clinton Square. The parade will follow a mile route through downtown along Salina Street to Harrison Street and end on State Street in front of the War Memorial.