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Charlottetown student’s talent and determination land her a provincial award

Nicole Chaulk accepted her prize at Government House in St. John’s. Pictured (from left) are Lt.-Gov. Frank Fagan, Nicole Chaulk and Terra Nova MHA Colin Holloway.
Nicole Chaulk accepted her prize at Government House in St. John’s. Pictured (from left) are Lt.-Gov. Frank Fagan, Nicole Chaulk and Terra Nova MHA Colin Holloway.

Her drawing of the Railway Coastal Museum in St. John’s took 101 hours to complete, but Nicole Chaulk of Charlottetown says it was well worth it.

For the second year in a row, the 17-year-old—a Grade 12 student at Glovertown Academy— has won the senior high category in the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador’s provincial poster competition.

According to the organization, over 1,000 students from across the province entered the contest.

Even though it was her second win, Nicole said, “I was very excited.”

Nicole’s mother Velma Chaulk said her daughter’s win is even more remarkable because she was battling pneumonia while she was working on the drawing.

“She was very determined.  I’m over the moon for her.  Her father and I are very proud of her.”

Nicole says was inspired to draw the old railway station after seeing the building on a school trip to St. John’s a few years ago.

“I remembered it and I drew it,” she said.

Drawing is Nicole’s passion.  She says she’s completed 405 drawings of animals, people and cartoons.

Chaulk said she’s especially proud of her daughter because she’s had to overcome many challenges, including coping with dyslexia and dealing with bullying.

“I kept looking at the picture when she was drawing it, and I said, ‘You’re going to win.’”

Nicole was at Government House in St. John’s on Tuesday to accept her award from Newfoundland and Labrador Lt.-Gov. Frank Fagan.

Hae Na Luther, a Grade 9 student at Stella Maris Academy in Trepassey, took the overall prize for a picture of the Colonial Building in St. John’s.

Nicole’s winning entry will be professionally matted and she’ll receive a Fusion Bio2 activity tracker.  Glovertown Academy will receive $300 dollars.

She said she plans to hang the framed drawing in her living room.

 

 gail.collins@tc.tc

 

For the second year in a row, the 17-year-old—a Grade 12 student at Glovertown Academy— has won the senior high category in the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador’s provincial poster competition.

According to the organization, over 1,000 students from across the province entered the contest.

Even though it was her second win, Nicole said, “I was very excited.”

Nicole’s mother Velma Chaulk said her daughter’s win is even more remarkable because she was battling pneumonia while she was working on the drawing.

“She was very determined.  I’m over the moon for her.  Her father and I are very proud of her.”

Nicole says was inspired to draw the old railway station after seeing the building on a school trip to St. John’s a few years ago.

“I remembered it and I drew it,” she said.

Drawing is Nicole’s passion.  She says she’s completed 405 drawings of animals, people and cartoons.

Chaulk said she’s especially proud of her daughter because she’s had to overcome many challenges, including coping with dyslexia and dealing with bullying.

“I kept looking at the picture when she was drawing it, and I said, ‘You’re going to win.’”

Nicole was at Government House in St. John’s on Tuesday to accept her award from Newfoundland and Labrador Lt.-Gov. Frank Fagan.

Hae Na Luther, a Grade 9 student at Stella Maris Academy in Trepassey, took the overall prize for a picture of the Colonial Building in St. John’s.

Nicole’s winning entry will be professionally matted and she’ll receive a Fusion Bio2 activity tracker.  Glovertown Academy will receive $300 dollars.

She said she plans to hang the framed drawing in her living room.

 

 gail.collins@tc.tc

 

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