St. Stephen – Next year, St. Stephen will be celebrating its 150th birthday, and there will be plenty of activities going on throughout the year. To kick things off, the town held a contest to design a logo for the celebrations. This contest was open to everyone, and the winner was Zoe Weeks of St. Stephen. For her efforts, Weeks received a cash prize of $150, along with a one-year membership to the Garcelon Civic Center.
Weeks, who will be beginning Grade 9 at St. Stephen High School this fall, said she found out about the contest through her teacher. While studying online at home, the information was sent out, and the young artist decided to give it a shot.
“My teacher sent it out while we were doing online classes,” said Weeks. “I love to draw and design, so I just decided to look at ideas and draw it. I was working on it for a couple of days.”
Weeks said she is excited that she won, and the prize money is going to be used to help pay for a computer that she will need for online studies in the upcoming school year.
Mayor Allan MacEachern said he is very happy with the design that Weeks created for the community. He added it is something that will represent the community for the years to come, and he is thrilled she was able to incorporate both the lighthouse and the town’s international connection to the US.
“I’m very happy with what Zoe has made for our community,” said MacEachern. “It’s something that’s going to represent our community for years to come. I think it turned out very well. I’ve always liked our wharf. The timing is well. The wharf is very close to being completed. It’s an icon for our town. It’s what people see when they come into our community. She tied that in very well and the whole international feel to it, which is very important to our community. I’m very happy with it.”
Counsellor Ghislaine Wheaton who is also the chairperson for the St. Stephen 150 committee, said the entire town council and St. Stephen 150 committee are pleased with Weeks’ design, and she is certain everyone who lives here will be just as pleased.
“I’m very happy with it,” said Wheaton. “I’m glad to see where it’s a student that has come up with it. Everybody had a chance to do it. It’s wonderful, and it’s just perfect. I feel now that we have it we can really get moving with our celebration. After COVID-19, we need to move on with happy things.”