We would like to thank the hundreds of applicants that participated in this year’s contest!
The annual Armed Services YMCA Art and Essay Contest is officially launched every November and is open to all eligible children of U.S. active duty or retired service members.
Winners of both the art and essay contests have their winning entries displayed at 33 Armed Services YMCA Branches and affiliate locations, as well as military bases worldwide during Military Family Month in November, 2013. Winners also receive special Apple product prizes to help youth create and express themselves.
“Our annual art and essay contest allows children to express their love, appreciation and admiration for their military heroes,” said Mike Landers, CAPT, USN (Ret), and CEO of ASYMCA. “Their essays and artwork also serve to remind us of the sacrifices our men and women in uniform, and their families, make each day for our country.”
Entries for the art contest depict the theme, “My Military Family.” Co-sponsored by GEICO, the art contest promotes art among children in grades K–6 of active duty or retired (with 20+ years of service) members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard/Reserves families.
2013 Armed Services YMCA and GEICO Essay Winners:
First and Second Grade Isabel Kliethermes of Goldsboro, NC daughter of Major Clinton Kliethermes, USAF and Lana Kliethermes
Third and Fourth Grade Brenna Meehan of Coronado CA, daughter of CDR Lawrence E. Meehan, USN and Amy Meehan
Fifth and Sixth Grade Kelsey Mashburn of Vilonia AR, daughter of TSgt Mark Mashburn, USAF and Audrey Mashburn
Seventh and Eighth Grade Byanca Hutchins of Oceanside CA, daughter of CPO Janina L. Hutchins, USN and Maria Hutchins
Ninth and Tenth Grade Elizabeth McCormick, APO AA, daughter of Major Jeff McCormack, USMC and Bridget McCormack
Eleventh and Twelfth Grade Jesse Alan Davison of Vanzant MO, son of ENC/DV Ralph R. Davison, II and Beverly Davison
Click here to see the 2013 Art Contest Winners