Lufkin Student Wins Second Place in National Stamp Design Competition

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LUFKIN, Texas (KETK) — A student from St. Cyprian’s Episcopal School in Lufkin has won second place in the 2022 National Stamp Design Competition, according to school officials.

Oscar Cruz, a freshman, was recognized during the third term awards ceremony at the school on March 30.

Joan Ragland, State President of Young American Citizens (JAC) and Kim Slack, JAC President for Angelina County and Regent of the Anthony Smith Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), presented her medal to the student.

The Daughters of the American Revolution sponsored the stamp contest. Ragland and Slack said they were thrilled Lufkin won.

The theme of the stamp competition was “The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier”. This is an important memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. Since 1921, the memorial has provided a final resting place for one of the unidentified American servicemen of World War I and other unknown servicemen of later wars.

Cruz said he designed his stamp after seeing a photograph of a soldier guarding the memorial.

“When we first looked at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, we watched a video of them guarding it,” he said. “I found a photo of a soldier walking in a different way and keeping it, but the leaves were off, and it was also the realistic version. That’s what technically inspired me to walk the soldier and guard the grave With the trees and the sunset, I thought it would be pretty cool if it was a sunset and while everything else was with greenish (leaves and) trees.

Cruz also said he didn’t think he would qualify for Nationals, but he was proud and surprised.

“I’m shocked and happy,” he said.

This was the first time that St. Cyprian students participated in the stamp contest.

Other students were also recognized during the competition at the regional level such as:

Cendall Phillips, 1st place – 7th grade

Lam Nguyen, 2nd place – 8th grade

Araiyah Briggs, 3rd place – 6th grade

Students Alex Tiu, Isabella Wright, Tripp Zeleskey and Isaac Frankens received the DAR Youth Citizenship Awards. The honor is bestowed upon individuals who are leaders, help their community, and demonstrate patriotism in their homes and schools.

Slack encouraged students to continue “to love our country, to be a good citizen, to research history, and to be proud to be American.”

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