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Sponsored by GEICO Military, the annual Armed Services YMCA Art & Essay Contest gives military children the chance to express their thoughts on the military lifestyle. The contest also serves to remind us of the sacrifices our men and women in uniform, and their families, make each day for our country.

The topic for this year's essays is My Greatest Success as a Military Child.
The topic for this year's art is My Military Family.

Download Art & Essay Contest entry form & rules

Authors and artists of winning entries receive a week of summer camp through the Armed Services YMCA, up to a $400 value.

The contest is open to eligible children of U.S. active duty or retired service members. Winners of Art & Essay Contest are announced in April 2020. The contest opened Nov. 15, 2019.

Art Contest

Entries for the Art Contest should depict the topic My Military Family. The art contest promotes art among children in grades 1–6 of active duty or retired (with 20+ years of service) members of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard/Reserves families.

Essay Contest

This year’s the topic for the essay contest is My Greatest Success as a Military Child. The contest encourages military children to use creative writing to express themselves. The essay contest promotes writing among children in grades 1–12 of active duty or retired (with 20+ years of service) members of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard/Reserves families.

Deadline

Submissions for the 2020 Armed Services YMCA Art & Essay Contest should be received by March 15, 2020. 

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

 

The 2020 Art & Essay Contest is sponsored by 

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Share a flyer with military children and families. Post it in your classroom or school or share with your youth organization! Download a flyer!


Congratulations to the 2019 Art & Essay Contest Winners! 

2019 Winners
ART WINNERS
Army: Josey Corbin, grade 6
Marine Corps: Sophia Badillo, grade 6
Navy: Brooke Williams, grade 2
Air Force: Allison Cronan, grade 6
National Guard: Taryn Leonard, grade 4
ESSAY WINNERS
John Kliethermes, grade 1-2 category
Lila Turner, grade 3-4 category
Grant Peterson, grade 5-6 category
Brayden Myers, grade 7-8 category
Shekinah Tung, grade 9-10 category
Marion Vesprey, grade 11-12 category
 
Download the 2019 Art & Essay Contest booklet
 

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