Special to the News-Standard
Each year, more than 4,000 high school students from across the country participate in the VFW Auxiliary’s Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest.
Students in grades 9-12 who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States, or dependents of U.S. military or civilian personnel in overseas schools., who are U.S. citizens or nationals are eligible.
Foreign exchange students, students age 20 or older; GED and adult education students, or national winners of previous Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contests are ineligible.
Students participating will be judged locally at the VFW Post 6899 Auxiliary in Trinity and awarded $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place. The winner will be forwarded to our District 19 judging for additional recognition and awards.
The first-place winner at district will be judged at the state level with one winner moving on to compete at the national level for national awards totaling $33,000.
Submission requirements include:
• Two-dimensional art must be on canvas or paper. Watercolor, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic, pen, ink, oil, marker or other media taught may be used. Do not frame two-dimensional pieces. Submit canvas entries on a stretcher frame or canvas board. Other entries must be matted in white. Do not use color mats. Reinforce the back with heavy paper. Mounted and floating mats may also be used. The art should be no smaller than 8x10 inches but no larger than 18x 24 inches, not including mat.
• Three-dimensional art can be paper, papier-mâché, pottery, clay, metal work, fabric, etc. Pieces should be no larger than 18 inches in any direction. Art cannot be more than 5 pounds in weight. Digital art, photography and jewelry are not accepted.
A completed entry form must accompany the entries, as well as a typed explanation of the patriotism expressed in art at 250 words or less. The deadline is March 31.
• The Red, White and Blue! Music Contest open to youth in grades K-12 and a U.S. citizen or national.
Video of contestant’s solo vocal performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” must be recorded between July 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022. Contestant may sing a cappella, with backing tracks or instruments. Contestants may sing in the arrangement and genre of choice. Contestant may not change the words.
Entry will be judged on vocal ability, mastery of lyrics, originality or interpretation and entertainment value. The contest consists of two grade divisions: K-8 and 9-12. Each grade group will receive a first-, second- and third-place award locally.
The Department of Texas first-place winner in each grade division will be forwarded to Auxiliary National Headquarters. There is one National winner in each grade division, with awards for first, second and third place in each grade division.
•Illustrating America Art Contest is open to any students in grades K-8 who is enrolled in a public, private or parochial school or home study program in the United States, its territories and possessions; or dependents of U.S. military or civilian personnel in overseas schools. Student must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national.
Entries will be judged on patriotic theme and technique. The contest consists of three grade divisions: K-2, 3-5 and 6-8. Each grade group will receive a first-, second- and third-place award locally.
The Department of Texas first-place winner in each grade division will be forwarded to Auxiliary National Headquarters. There are National awards for first, second and third place in each grade division. The first, second and third place in each grade division will be displayed at National Convention.
Entry forms, eligibility requirements and contest rules are available at vfwauxiliary.org/what-we-do/youth-activities. The contest deadline is March 31.
Submit entries to VFW Auxiliary Post 6899 at 400 W Caroline St. in Trinity.