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Students have chance to be part of quad history

ROUSES POINT - As part of this year's celebration of the Samuel de Champlain Quadricentennial, a poster contest commemorating the event is being hosted for area children.

The Rouses Point-Champlain Historical Society is inviting children in grades K-12 to come up with their most innovative designs for posters that will reflect the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's exploration of the North Country. The contest is open to children who live within the Northeastern Clinton Central School District, including those that attend St. Mary's Academy or other schools outside the district. Children who are home-schooled are also encouraged to participate.

Contest coordinator Alice Mossey said the idea for a poster contest came about from some discussion during a historical society meeting.

"We were talking about our annual pin and while we were discussing that, we thought it would be a good idea to have the kids in our school system design the pin for this year for the quadricentennial," she said. "The idea is that the designer of the winning poster would have their artwork featured on the pin."

There are only a few rules students must follow when creating their posters, Mossey said. First, the design must be circular, though it may be drawn on a rectangular surface. Second, the design must be completed and submitted to the students' teachers or the historical society by Friday, April 10.

The designs, said Mossey, are only limited to the students' imaginations.

Once all the entries have been received, a winner from the elementary, middle, and high school level will be chosen, with an overall winner selected. In addition to be featured on the historical society's quadricentennial pin, the winning student will receive $50. Winners from the other groups will each receive $20.

All entries for the contest will be displayed in store windows through the village of Rouses Point.

For more information about the contest, call Mossey at 297-6145 or via e-mail at apmossey@aol.com.

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