The Legion's literary contest has a personal component for Winnie Boucha. The Grade 12 student at Beaver Brae wrote her essay about her grandfather's brothers, who fought in the Second World War.
"When you learn about it in history class, it's sort of glorified in a way," she said, after the awards ceremony. "It's always about who won, who didn't, how it affected us in society and how we look upon it. In reality, it was just so brutal and awful. I just feel like it sort of needs to be recognized," she said.
Boucha is one of two entrants from the Kenora area, who has advanced to the national level. The other is Brooklyn Peters. This year, the Legion said they had about 270 entries from the Kenora area.
Those who did well at the branch level advanced to the zone, district, provincial and Dominion or national level. It's been more than a decade, since the branch had an entry in the country's top three.
"It's a great honour, and we're always proud to see students move on," said Jerry Lava, who is president of Kenora Branch 12, as well as vice-president of the provincial command.
Boucha is hoping her entry becomes a stepping stone for a career as an author.
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