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Art & Essay Contest

Art & Essay Contest

Nationally sponsored by GEICO Military, the annual Armed Services YMCA Art & Essay Contest gives military children a voice. It also serves as reminder of the sacrifices military children, service members and their families make for our country.

Program Overview

The annual contest opens each November for Military Family Month, and winners are announced in April in honor of the Month of the Military Child. Entries may be submitted from military children living in the U.S. and abroad. 

Art Contest

The art contest promotes art among military children in grades 1–6 of active duty or retired (with 20+ years of service) members of the Armed Services and National Guard/Reserves.

Essay Contest

The contest encourages military children to use creative writing to express themselves. The essay contest is open to military children in grades 1–12 of active duty or retired (with 20+ years of service) members of the Armed Services and National Guard/Reserves.

Reminder: All artwork and essays become the property of the Armed Services YMCA.

2020 Contest Winners -View the 2020 Participant Book

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Art Winners

Art Topic: My Military Family

  • U.S. Army - Ruth Grim
  • U.S. Navy - Bella Zieroth
  • U.S. Air Force - Kayele Pollard
  • U.S. Marine Corps - Ariana-Jahazara D. Mather
  • U.S. Coast Guard - Claire Davis

Essay Winners

Essay Topic: My Greatest Success as a Military Child

  • Lauren Peralta, Grade 3/4
  • Audrey Peralta, Grade 4/5
  • Marisol Anastasia Wentling, Grade 9/10

Congratulations to all of our winners!