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Fourth-grader wins Battle of Plattsburgh poster contest!

PLATTSBURGH The results are in! Ben Brown, a fourth grader at Beekmantown Elementary School, has won The Battle of Plattsburgh Commemorations 10th Annual Poster Contest. Nearly 230 students from nine area schools participated in the annual contest, including Beekmantown, Morrisonville, Mooers, Cumberland Head, Seton, Saranac, Peru, Moriah and Holy Name. Bens winning poster shows an 1814 vintage sailing ship preparing for battle on Lake Champlain with storm clouds in the background. The image will be used on the 2500 buttons issued for admission to the events of the tenth annual commemoration of the battle on the second weekend of September. Many of the posters will be displayed this summer at Champlain Mall, North Country Teachers Resource Center, North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, North Country Co-op, Battle of Plattsburgh Association Museum shop, the Cornerstone Bookstore as well as other downtown merchants. The admission buttons can be purchased prior to the event for $8 at Cornerstone Bookstore, North Country Co-op and Battle of Plattsburgh Association Museum shop. The price for the button will be $10 during the event which will be held from Sept 4-11, 2007 to celebrate the 1814 Battle of Plattsburgh in which American naval and land forces defeated a much larger invading British force. This unexpected American Victory thwarted British plans to control Lake Champlain and led to the signing of the Treaty of Ghent which ended the War of 1812 on Christmas Eve, 1814. Runners up: Lindsey Harris from Morrisonville Elementary finished second and Andrea Mossey from Mooers Elementary took third in the contest. Each winner receives a U.S. Savings Bond donated by TD BankNorth for their efforts.

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