The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8577 Ladies Auxiliary will hold its annual Young American Patriotic Art Awards ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday at 1506 Veterans Ave., in Copperas Cove.

Submissions were received from Cove’s high-schoolers in ninth through 12th grades and home-schooled students. Artwork was judged April 5, said Karen Kaylor, president of the auxiliary.

“We have had great support from the students in Copperas Cove and their teachers,” she said. “We do the judging at the auxiliary level and each first place winner from each ladies auxiliary is sent to the department scholarships chairman for judging at that level.”

The overall first place winner for the state will go to the Ladies Auxiliary National Convention to compete for national honors.

Cove students were required to submit paper or canvas drawings by March 31 using mediums such as water color, pencil, pastel, charcoal, acrylic and oil.

There were more than 40 entries this year, which far exceeded the number of participants in past years.

Entries were judged on originality of concept, presentation and patriotism, and how it relates to and clarifies the embodiment of those principles, among others.

First prize is $10,000, a winner’s plaque, airfare plus two nights’ lodging to attend the convention and a featured article in the VFW magazine. Second place will win $5,000, third place will be awarded $2,500, fourth place will win $1,500 and fifth through eight places will win $500.

The award ceremony will be a chance for students to be recognized for their work and to have some fun, Kaylor said. “We will also be having an ice cream and cake social.”

Call Kaylor at 254-547-5619 or go to

Contact Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro at or 254-501-7476

A journalist by trade, Corinne has written for both the military and civilian populations. She has a Master's in Writing and Bachelor's in English. She is also a military spouse and her family is currently stationed at Fort Hood.

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