Winners of the Illustrating America art contest, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, recently were recognized.
Local entries were:
- Grades 1 and 2: Gabriel Barger, son of Eric and Hope Barger of Seymour, and Savannah Barger, daughter of Steve and Lisa Jo Barger of Seymour
- Grades 3 to 5: Zoe Wischmeier, daughter of Jeremy and Denise Wischmeier of Seymour
- Grades 6 to 8: Corrina Corcoran, daughter of Liz Corcoran, and Jasmine Barger, daughter of Steve and Lisa Jo Barger
Corcoran was voted the overall winner, and she received a $50 Walmart gift card from the VFW Post 1925 Auxiliary in Seymour. The other students received $25 Walmart gift cards.
All of the local entries were submitted for the state contest and vied for more prizes.
Receiving cash awards from the state level were Gabriel Barger (second place) and Savannah Barger (third place). All entries received citations from the state’s VFW Auxiliary.
Students in kindergarten through eighth grade were eligible to enter their work. Entries had to be two-dimensional, drawn by the artist and submitted on paper or canvas and could use various media.
There also was a Get Excited for the Red, White and Blue solo singing contest where contestants ages 6 to 16 had to record themselves singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" word by word, but no local entries were submitted.
Ninth- through 12th-graders are encouraged to enter the VFW Auxiliary Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest to compete for scholarship money. For information, visit vfwauxiliary.org and click on the Scholarships tab.