Rossland’s Youth Week wrapped up last Thursday with the Youth Week Gala at Rossland Summit School.
Youth of all ages performed musical numbers and dances, and the films submitted to the West Kootenay U19 Film Festival were screened for the community. The gala was also an opportunity to reveal the mural for the new Youth Action Network (YAN) building, which was created by local youth during the week. The mural was painted on multiple wooden panels and will be installed at the new building at a later date, following the Washington St. construction.
And of course, no gala would be complete without awards. The honours bestowed during the evening included the Youth Awards, whose winners were chosen by YAN’s adult facilitators, the Teen Choice Awards, whose winners were chosen by the youth themselves, the U19 Film Awards, whose winners were selected by a panel of judges, and the Art Walk People’s Choice Awards, whose winners were selected by Rosslanders who walked the Art Walk.
Poster Child Award (presented to the model YAN youth): Ellie KnoxDrop the Mic (presented to a top performer): Maggie ChanVolunteer of the Year: Travis NormanLifetime Youth Supporter Award: Lisa Hendersen
Teen Choice Awards
Youth Action Award, winner: Ellie KnoxYouth Action Award, runner up: Hannah KroekerFavourite Rossland Business, winner: SubwayFavourite Rossland Business, runner up: the Alpine GrindRossland’s Most Awesome Adult, winner: Madame Bryar Wood, French Immersion teacherRossland’s Most Awesome Adult, runner up: Patrick Kinghorn, principal of RSS
U19 Film Awards
Best Stop Motion Film: Ben Kroeker for “Spider-Man’s Adventure” Best Use of Special Effects Makeup: Connor Dunham for “Unseen” Best Directing: Connor Dunham for “Unseen” Best of the Fest: Teressa Brunton for “Lemonade Stand”
Art Walk People’s Choice Awards
Best Lemonade: Mountain Nugget Chocolate for their passion fruit lemonade sorbet Grades 6-9, winner: Rhianna Connolly for “Wonder” Grades 6-9, runner up: Logan Nesbitt for “Monsters” Grades 10-12, winner: Autumn Terwoort for “Wolf ” Grades 10-12, runner up: Ali Ferguson for “Focus”