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Local students' patriotic artwork shines brighter than fireworks

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting junior enlisted military families, will display award-winning artwork and essays from AL, CA, GA, HI, MT, NH, NJ, NC, PA, SC and VA students illustrating why they are proud of their military family.

The art and essay exhibit, sponsored by Senator Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), will be displayed during the week of July 4th in the Russell Senate Rotunda on Capitol Hill. The winning pieces are also on display at the Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) Airport.

Each year, the ASYMCA invites children of U.S. service members to participate in the national ASYMCA Student Art and Essay contests. While promoting reading, writing and the arts, the contest also allows children to express their love, appreciation and admiration for their military heroes.

Essay contest entries about topics related to military families are accepted from students in grades 1–12. For the art contest, K–6 grade school children from all branches of the military are invited to submit a drawing that illustrates their military family.

"The ASYMCA art contest is a great medium for children to express the many challenges they face growing up as military children and also allows them an artistic avenue to convey their admiration for their parents' service to America," said ASYMCA National Executive Director Frank Gallo, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.). "The artwork on display in our nation's capitol will serve as an excellent reminder to onlookers of the courage and sacrifice that our men and women in uniform demonstrate every day."

 

2010 Art Contest Winners:

Click on the students' names to view their winning artwork. (Read the press releases for more information about each student and their winning piece.)

Army
1st Place: Alisa Nascimento, 5th grade, APO (Press Release)
2nd Place: Megan Johnson, Kindergarten, Fort Benning, Ga. (Press Release)

Marine Corps
1st Place: Kiana Tuzon, 4th grade, Oceanside, Calif. (Press Release)
2nd Place: Isaiah Ray Garcia, 3rd grade, Twentynine Palms, Calif. (Press Release)

Navy
1st Place: Nicole Gray, 6th grade, Alexandria, Va. (Press Release)
2nd Place: Veronica McLeod, 6th grade, Beaufort, S.C. (Press Release)

Air Force
1st Place: Kathryn Obermiller, 6th grade, APO (Press Release)
2nd Place: Aanisah B. Robinson, 5th grade, APO (Press Release)

Coast Guard
1st Place: Tyler Nicole Moorhouse, 6th grade, Alexandria, Va. (Press Release)
2nd Place: Alexa Santti, 2nd grade, Sunapee, N.H. (Press Release)

National Guard/Reserves
1st Place: Lorenzo DevonWilliams, 6th grade, Montgomery, Ala. (Press Release)
2nd Place: Pierce Condon, 4th grade, Mesa, Ariz. (Press Release)

2010 Essay Contest Winners:

Click on the students' names to view their winning essays. (Read the press releases for more information about each student and their winning piece.)

First & Second Grades
1st Place: Michael Canahui, 1st grade, San Clemente, Calif. (Press Release)
2nd Place: Gisel Martinez, 2nd grade, Honolulu, Hawaii (Press Release)

Third & Fourth Grades
1st Place: Connor Reid, 3rd grade, San Clemente, Calif. (Press Release)
2nd Place: Roark Harris, 3rd grade, Carlsbad, Calif. (Press Release)

Fifth & Sixth Grades
1st Place: Amanda Richter, 6th grade, Hamilton, N.J. (Press Release)
2nd Place: MaKayla Stinson, 6th grade, Beaufort, S.C. (Press Release)

Seventh & Eighth Grades
1st Place: Timothy Harrelson, 8th grade, APO (Press Release)
2nd Place: Anna Grauel, 7th grade, Fort Monmouth, N.J. (Press Release)

Ninth & Tenth Grades
1st Place: JeLisa Hall, 9th grade, FPO (Press Release)
2nd Place: Ioana Rimbu, 9th grade, FPO (Press Release)

Eleventh & Twelfth Grades
1st Place: Valarie Kutch, 11th grade, Bozeman, Mont. (Press Release)
2nd Place: Brook Payton, 12th grade, Hope Mills, N.C. (Press Release)

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