(From left) David Longoria, David Schorno, and Tory Kajack hold their winning meme entries and envelopes full of cash in front of the SD71 district building, next to GP Vanier teacher David Ingram.

Winners announced for Comox Valley school district sex education meme contest

The contest aimed to champion consent and ethical sexual behaviour

Three Comox Valley students are $500 richer after winning the School District 71 Ethical Sexual Behaviour Meme contest.

The contest was open to all Valley secondary students from Grades 8 through 12 and ran throughout March.

The 200-plus entries were initially judged by a group of secondary students from School District 68 (Nanaimo-Ladysmith) before the finalists were determined by a panel of teachers, administrators, counsellors, and parents. The three most consistently voted entries were then deemed the winners by the contest organizer.

The winning entries came from Grade 8 Lake Trail Middle School student David Longoria, Grade 11 Highland Secondary student David Schorno, and Grade 12 GP Vanier Secondary student Tory Kajak.

Sexual health educator Dr. Claire Vanston, who has delivered much of SD71’s sexual health curriculum for the last decade, organized the contest.

“Part of the high school curriculum for quite some time now has been creating an awareness around ethical sexual behaviour — the understanding of sexual consent and things like that,” she said.

Vanston said reflecting the importance of sexual consent and championing ethical sexual behaviour were key aspects of the contest.

“It seemed important with #metoo and things like that that we actually do more — to try and reach out more and make it more relevant to young people other than just the content they’re getting in the classroom,” she said.

Considering the prevalence of memes in youth culture, Vanston said the format of the contest was purposefully chosen to reach as many students as possible.

(According to webopedia.com, a meme is a “concept or idea that spreads virally from one person to another via the Internet.” The most common meme is an “image of a person or animal with a funny or witty caption”).

“In the old days, you’d have students write essays or something like that,” said Vanston. “I wanted to reach as many students in an area directly relevant to them. Of course, social media was one of them and memes are hot right now, so it seemed like a good approach.”

Students submitted 224 memes in total. GP Vanier students submitted the most entries, as a result winning $250 to go toward its digital arts and media photography clubs or programs.

The $1,750 in funding for the winners came from the B.C. government’s Civil Forfeiture Crime Prevention and Crime Remediation grant program.

Vanston said the winning entries will be displayed digitally through various social media channels and the school district website.


The three winning entries.

Just Posted

Associate pastor made early connections in Courtenay

Central Evangelical Free Church opens at former Record office

Seeing double, the trials and tribulations of twins

BIG READ: Three Vancouver Island mothers share their experiences with multiple births

Comox Valley teen with autism a spectacular guitarist

Farley Mifsud is gaining fans with every performance

Yukon man facing new attempted murder charge in Port Alice exploding mail case

Leon Nepper, 73, is now facing one charge each of aggravated assault and attempted murder

Risk of thunderstorm this afternoon for Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland

A special weather statement calls for heavy rain and wind over the next 48 hours

Conservation officer frees B.C. deer from flotation gear mishap

BC Conservation Officer Service is reminding residents to keep backyards clear of entanglements

Ottawa to name new ambassador for women, peace and security, Freeland says

Chrystia Freeland also confirmed Canada would spend about $25 million to fund number of initiatives

‘A little bright spot:’ Ottawa residents rescue dog trapped beneath rubble

Freelance journalist says rescue of a dog trapped under rubble was happy ending amid chaos in Ottawa

B.C. deaf community wants different sign languages on federal accessibility act

Advocates also want Indigenous Sign Language to be recognized on the Indigenous Language Act

VIDEO: B.C.-born firefighter remembered by MP in emotional speech

Family asks first responders to look after one another in wake of suicide, growing concerns of PTSD

Airline has ‘close call’ with drone while en route to B.C. airport

Jazz Aviation reported the drone sighting near Vancouver to the RCMP and Transport Canada

Tragic accident claims life of B.C. toddler

Fundraising effort has been created to help mom and family

B.C. nanny charged with sex abuse of 3 children

Saanich Police seek potential victims of Johnathon Lee Robichaud from Central Saanich

‘I’m no quitter’ on climate change issues, McKenna says at G7 ministers meeting

David Suzuki says if McKenna believes what she’s saying, she too should quit

Most Read