State VFW Auxiliary announces Patriotic Art Scholarship Winner

Ashley Sutherland, was named the VFW Auxiliary Dept. of California’s first-place winner in the 2018-2019 Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. (Contributed photo)

ATASCADERO — Ashley Sutherland, a sophomore at Atascadero High School, was named the VFW Auxiliary Department of California's first-place winner of the 2018-2019 Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. VFW Auxiliary 2814 in Atascadero sponsored Sutherland.

Students must submit an original two- or three-dimensional piece of artwork. Previously the contest accepted only two-dimensional art for judging. Beginning this year, three-dimensional art was accepted and judged. Digital art, photography and jewelry are not accepted. The entry must have been done during the current 2018-2019 school year and the application must include a teacher or supervising adult’s signature.

Students begin by competing at the local VFW Auxiliary level. The first-place winner from each Auxiliary advances to District competition (if applicable) with District winners advancing to the State competition. State first-place winners compete for their share of $29,500 in national awards, and the national first-place winner is awarded a $15,000 scholarship. National first- through eighth-place winners are featured in VFW Auxiliary Magazine and on the VFW Auxiliary website. All state winning entries are displayed and judged at the VFW Auxiliary National Convention that will take place July 20-24 in Orlando, Fla.

The VFW Auxiliary started the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest in 1979 to recognize up-and-coming artists and encourage patriotism in youth. Approximately 3,500 students participate each year and in addition to $29,500 in national scholarships, local and state VFW Auxiliaries throughout the nation award more than $130,000 in Patriotic Art scholarships every year.

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