Emma Doucette (right) shows off her grand prize

Emma Doucette (right) shows off her grand prize

Colouring contest popular with North Okanagan students

Just in time for school, some local kids are prepped to go back to class thanks to London Drugs and The Morning Star

Just in time for school, some local kids are prepped to go back to class thanks to London Drugs and The Morning Star.

The Back to School colouring contest in the newspaper proved to be a popular outlet for kids to get creative. From toddlers to teens, close to 300 kids entered the contest, which awarded one lucky student an iPad Mini.

“The response was amazing,” said Morning Star publisher Ian Jensen of the detail and time put into each picture. “With so many works of art to choose from, we decided to award even more winners.”

Therefore the entries were divided into three age categories and winners were chosen from each.

Three carefully-selected members of the newspaper staff waded through the entries and made their top picks.

The top three entries from each category won a backpack: seven-year-old Brooke Tessman of Highland Park Elementary, nine-year-old Emily Sabados of Beairsto Elementary and 11-year-old Natalie Houle of Coldstream Elementary.

Meanwhile the big winner was randomly selected: 13-year-old Seaton Secondary student Emma Doucette.

Doucette has always wanted an iPad, and so did her twin sister (whom she will inevitably be sharing it with).

“I just didn’t have the money to buy one,” said Doucette, who is looking forward to playing games with it.

Meanwhile her parents urge her to use it for reading books.

But just like flipping through the pages of a newspaper versus reading the news online (at www.vernonmorningstar.com), Doucette prefers to read from something more tangible than a screen.

“I like paperback books.”