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Local VFW holding patriotic art contest

Jimmy Weldon
VFW Auxiliary USS Gudgeon #8310 in Burbank is participating in an annual Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest.
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VFW Auxiliary USS Gudgeon #8310 in Burbank is participating in an annual Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest, in which local students in ninth through 12th grades can compete to win a portion of $31,000 in national scholarships.

Students must submit an original two- or three-dimensional piece of artwork. Digital art, photography and jewelry will not be accepted.

The entry must have been completed during the current 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 the auxiliary will receive $300 and advance to the district competition. Then, district winners will advance to the state competition.

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State first-place winners will compete for their share of $31,000 in national awards, and the national first-place winner will be awarded a $15,000 scholarship.

National first- through eighth-place winners will be featured in VFW Auxiliary magazine and on the VFW Auxiliary website.

All state winning entries will be displayed and judged at the VFW Auxiliary National Convention, which will be held July 18 through 23 in Reno, Nev.

The VFW Auxiliary started the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest in 1979 to recognize up-and-coming artists and encourage patriotism in youth.

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Approximately 4,000 students participate each year. In addition to $31,000 in national scholarships, local and state VFW auxiliaries throughout the country award more than $140,000 in patriotic art scholarships annually.

Student entries must be submitted to VFW Auxiliary 8310 by March 31. Interested students, parents and teachers should contact Camille Levee at (626) 201-2889 or at levee68@gmail.com.

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