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AAUW announces Title IX poster contest winners


POTSDAM - Title IX is best known for its impact on high school and collegiate athletics, although the original statute made no explicit mention of sports. The legislation covers all educational activities and applies to non-sport activities such as school band and clubs.

This year, AAUW-St. Lawrence County collaborated with Section 10 Athletics to sponsor a Title IX Art Poster Contest.

The posters, on the theme “Our World, Our Future” created by students in grades 7-12, were judged and the winners were:

Grand Prize: Julia Berk, Canton Central (Grade 12) - $100 from AAUW-NYS; Second: Hailey Leonard & Hannah Wilson, Canton Central (Grade 11) - $75 from Section 10 Athletics; Third: Jacqueline Sovie, Lisbon Central (Grade 12) - $50 from Section 10 Athletics.

The next four prizes were $50 gift certificates to the four college bookstores. Fourth: Samantha Mace & Maria Sergi, Canton Central (Grade 10); Fifth: Katherine Bailey, Canton Central (Grade 12); Sixth: Cianna Willmart, Canton Central (Grade 12); and

Seventh: Carley Whiteford & Clare Olin, Canton Central (Grade 12).

There were four Honorable Mention posters: Megan Powers, Hermon-DeKalb (Grade 11); Emilee McAdoo, Michael Cougler & Brandon VanBrocklin, Canton Central (Grade 11); Honorable Mention: Alex Dombrose, Canton Central (Grade 12), and Honorable Mention: Reed McLaughlin, Canton Central (Grade 12).

Generous donations from AAUW-NYS, Section 10, Value U at Clarkson University, and the bookstores at SUNY Canton, St. Lawrence University, and SUNY Potsdam were distributed for total prizes valued at $425. AAUW-SLC and Section 10 thank Lisbon’s Denise Tyo, Canton’s Michelle Rodee, and Hermon-DeKalb’s Sarah Platt for their support in encouraging their art students to participate.

You can learn more about Title IX and how it works in public schools by watching the first show of the 2014 season of North Country Matters. Potsdam’s Donna Seymour, the AAUW-NYS Public Policy vice president and a member of the St. Lawrence County Branch, sat down with St. Lawrence Lewis-BOCES administrator Carl Normandin, the Section 10 Athletic Coordinator, for a wide-ranging discussion of Title IX. The YouTube video link is:

Membership in the St. Lawrence County Branch is open to anyone who supports the mission of AAUW. AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research.

AAUW, with its nationwide network of more than 100,000 members, more than 1,000 branches conducting programs in communities across the country, and 500 college and university partners, has been empowering women and their families since 1881.

For more information about AAUW in St. Lawrence County, contact President Jennifer Ball at 268- 4208 or or Public Policy Chair Kathleen Stein at 386-3812,, or visit the branch website,

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