Co-sponsored by GEICO Military, the contest is open to children of active duty or retired members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard/Reserves in grades 1 through 12.
Artists could choose from the topics My Military Family or My Day at the Armed Services YMCA for their works. Writers could choose How the Armed Services YMCA Has Helped Me or My Greatest Challenge as a Military Child Has Been... as the topic for their essay.
There were many amazing and wonderful entries submitted this year from U.S. military children living in the United States and around the world.
“The annual Armed Services YMCA Art & Essay contest is a compelling look into the lives of the children in military families,” said William French, President/CEO of the Armed Services YMCA. “The entries showed how much love military children have for their families as well as the challenges these children face.”
Many of this year’s entries shared themes of moving away from friends, family and schools, the concerns associated with deployments of parents, and how these unique issues shape their childhood, but the greatest theme was the resilience of the military child.
According to the Department of Defense, military children move an average of six to nine times during a school career. The Armed Services YMCA Art & Essay Contest encourages military children to communicate their perspective through art and writing. The Armed Services YMCA looks forward to the hundreds of creative entries it receives each year from military children and the opportunity for the public to acknowledge their sacrifices and resiliency.
- 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
|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|
ABOUT ARMED SERVICES YMCA:
The Armed Services YMCA is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit that serves active duty military members and their families. Each year, we serve more than half a million junior enlisted active duty Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen and family members from 200 service centers in 18 states. Whether providing respite child care for parents in need, summer camps for kids, or assisting with emergency needs, the Armed Services YMCA is a nonprofit with a mission: Make Military Life Easier. Visit our website to see how you can join us in supporting military families.