winning poster designs

Albion students Shelismar Reyes, Aubrey Bruning and Misty Weese have been named this year’s winner of the annual American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Poster Contest.

Reyes, a high school sophomore, earned first place with her design. Bruning and Weese, both fifth graders, finished second and third, respectively.

The American Legion Auxiliary, Sheret Unit #35 sponsors the local event each year. The three posters that placed will now travel to Albany to be judged at the state level with the state winner moving on to the national competition.

Student artists must include specific elements in their posters and are judged based on poster appeal, artistic ability and neatness. Submissions are broken down into classes based on grade level.

The American Legion Auxiliary’s mission is, “to support The American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military, and their families, both at home and abroad. For God and Country, we advocate for veterans, educate our citizens, mentor youth, and promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace and security.” Learn more about the organization and the Poppy Poster Contest at