COPPERAS COVE — The Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary Post 8577 recognized students who participated in the Young American Patriotic Art contest with a ceremony Saturday.
Of the 45 entries submitted by Copperas Cove High School students, three were selected to win scholarships.
Billie Suttles won second place for her drawing of a cross. The 18-year-old junior said she thought of her grandfather, a veteran, while creating the piece.
Katie Ryan, deputy superintendent of Copperas Cove Independent School District, attended the ceremony to support students.
“It’s an opportunity for them to showcase their talents to a different audience,” she said. “With this contest specifically what wakes me up is the realism. Those aren’t just pictures of a soldier, they’re a family member.”
The VFW works closely with the district to provide opportunities for students to earn recognition and scholarships. Aside from the annual art contest, the post also holds a writing contest each year.
“It’s very important to support our youth,” said Victoria DeChateau, chairman of the scholarship committee.
The idea of the art contest is “to give (students) guidance and a way of expressing themselves,” she said.
The top winner advances to the district level of the art competition.
- Elizabeth Sneed: first place, $100 scholarship
- Billie Suttles: second place, $75 scholarship
- Morgan Tolles: third place, $50 scholarship