The Armed Services YMCA is proud to announce that Kaitlyn Nicole Woodruff, an 8th grader from Valdosta, Georgia, has been voted the 2011 ASYMCA Student Essay Contest Grand Prize Winner. For the first time, ASYMCA turned to our "fans" on Facebook to determine the grand prize winner of our annual Student Art and Essay Contest. Read her essay here.
Kaitlyn Nicole won 1st Place in the 7th/8th grade category of the contest with her "My Military Hero" essay, earning her a spot in the Grand Prize contest along with 11 other 1st and 2nd place winners from grades K-12.
As the Grand Prize winner, Kaitlyn Nicole will receive an additional $500 U.S. Savings Bond, in addition to her other prizes.
The 12 winners of the 2011 art contest (two from each branch of service) and 12 winners of the 2011 essay contest were recognized at a dinner in the Washington, D.C., region on May 12. All winning artwork will be featured on the annual Military Family Month Poster, which is distributed to Members of Congress and the Department of Defense, and displayed publicly throughout the year.
Thank you to everyone who voted on Facebook! And a special THANK YOU to the amazing, resilient children who put so much love and dedication into their drawings, and who are true heroes for the sacrifices they make for our country each and every day!