For Immediate Release:

Whitehorse – The Victoria Gold Yukon Student Encouragement Society is excited to announce the winners of the Every Student, Every Day Water Break Photo Contest. This territory-wide awareness campaign was launched to help Yukon students be engaged, stay healthy and hydrated, while reducing plastic waste and its impact on the environment. We hope the contest motivated students to pursue healthier habits and be engaged in learning which will inspire others as we work together to help increase student attendance in our classrooms.

“The Every Student, Every Day Water Break Contest received so many great photographs which made it difficult for the judges to select just four winners from each age category! So, we are pleased to announce that all entrants, excluding the winners, will receive a $25 gift card,” says Victoria Gold Yukon Student Encouragement Society President Tara Christie. “We appreciate everyone who submitted photos in the contest and we hope to use many of the wonderful pictures for future promotional material.”

We would like to thank Victoria Gold Corp. for providing funding for the contest as well as Air North, Yukon Airlines and Small’s Expediting Services for delivering the water bottles to the students in the communities throughout the territory. Without their support, this contest would not have been possible.

Below are the winners from each age category. Please visit our website at www.everystudenteveryday.ca to view the winning photographs.

1st Place – Apple iPad

Maddie & Fletcher J., Whitehorse (5 to 9 age group)
Our neighbour Heidi was away hunting for a week so we looked after her animals.

Sophia M., Mayo (5 to 9 age group)
Sophia enjoying the beautiful day on her trampoline in Mayo. Loving her new water bottle that she takes everywhere with her!!

Sarah B., Whitehorse (10 to 14 age group)
Sarah is taking a water break while hiking King’s Throne in Kluane National Park.

Daniel J., Haines Junction (15 to 18 age group)
Daniel has been hiking with his dad all over the Haines Junction area, almost every weekend, getting in shape and seeing all the magnificent views in this area! And he is always sure to take the Victoria Gold water bottle with him.

2nd Place – $100 Coast Mountain Sports Gift Card

Markus & Destyni G., Whitehorse (5 to 9 age group)
Markus and his sister Destyni playing on the spinning merry-go-round

Maverick A., Whitehorse (10 to 14 age group)
Maverick is staying hydrated while adventuring around Whitehorse. Thanks to Victoria Gold for donating my school thermoses!

Joshua L.Whitehorse (15 to 18 age group)
This photo was taken while I was gardening in my backyard. I enjoy gardening because it helps me appreciate the little things, whether it be a flower, some water droplets, or a small plant coming out of the ground! My hands are in the photo (as I used a tripod for the photo).

Darnel T., Dawson City (15 to 18 age group) Photo of Seth holding a water bottle at Tombstone

3rd Place – $75 Canadian Tire Gift Card

Shiloh H., Whitehorse (5 to 9 age group)
Shiloh is helping to do a bee hive inspection on her hive in the Takhini Valley area. She was really excited to see the honey being made but even more excited when she spotted the Queen Bee!

Yoann S., Whitehorse (10 to 14 age group)
I love riding my bike and hitting jumps. This is me on a small jump in front of my house.

4th Place – $50 Angellina’s Toy Boutique Gift Card

Brianna M., Ross River (5 to 9 age group)
Photo of Brianna at Jackfish Lake learning to kayak with Natalie from Yukon Canoe. I love being on the lake and drinking cold water from the Victoria Gold bottle!

Tatum M., Whitehorse (5 to 9 age group)
Tatum camping with his family at Pine Lake campground in the Yukon. Tatum played by the lake, on the beach, at the playground and in the woods.

Sophie D., Haines Junction (10 to 14 age group) Eat, hydrate, Sleep, HOCKEY, repeat!

Winners will be contacted regarding their prize.

Every Student, Every Day was established in 2012 to help address student attendance challenges in schools throughout the territory. Since its creation, the initiative has directly supported well over 140 grass-roots increased student attendance projects with over $1,200,000 in almost every Yukon community.

To learn more about Every Student, Every Day please visit www.everystudenteveryday.ca or find the charity on Facebook at www.facebook.com/everystudenteveryday/.

Contact:

Tara Christie
President
Victoria Gold Yukon Student Encouragement Society C: 778.928.0556
E: tmchristie@gmail.com