Sudbury Students relaying the message "Where Waters Flow, Do Not Go!"
Written By: Monday, June 19th 2017

The message “Where Waters Flow, Do not go” is being heard louder than ever after a record number of kids took part in the annual Fast flowing water contest.

Over 800 students from all over Sudbury submitted hand drawn posters based on their understanding of water safety.

Students also had the option to submit a script for a commercial portraying the issue.

The contest began nine years ago after the death of 13 year old Adam Dickie who became the 22nd recorded victim to have drowned in Junction creek.

Adam’ grandfather Raymond Croteau says the program has had a lasting impact on kids.

Sudbury deputy mayor and ward 12 councillor Joscelyne Landry-Altmann adds, creating a “psychological fence” in children’s minds was a better approach than simply fencing off the creek.

The winning poster was announced today and was drawn by Haydyn Sulston of Valley View Public School.

Prizes were also given to students of each grade between grades 4 and 8 who provided the top poster for their age group.

In the commercial writing portion, Karissa Kruk of Marymount Academy was awarded 1st place.

Haydyn’s poster will be posted on a 10′ x 20′ billboard in Sudbury while the winning commercial will be aired at Cinéfest Sudbury.

The winners of each age group for posters are:

Grade 4: Gabrielle Luoma, École St-Dominique

Grade 5: Haydyn Sulston, Valley View Public School

Grade 6: Elizabeth Richard, Valley View Public School

Grade 7: Sofya Mishchenko, Marymount Academy

Grade 8: Celeste Lafrance, Lansdowne Public School

Overall Winner: Haydyn Sulston, Valley View Public School

The commercial winners are:

1st: Karissa Kruk, Grade 7, Marymount Academy

2nd: Grace Weston, Grade 7, Marymount Academy