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Armed Services YMCA Announces Poster Art Contest Winners

American Forces Press Service

SPRINGFIELD, Va., Aug. 10, 1999 – A drawing by 11-year-old Cecilia Javier titled "My Military Family" will be featured on this year's Military Family Week poster.

Javier is the daughter of Air Force Master Sgt. and Mrs. Noriel Javier of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. The poster featuring the sixth grader's portrait of her family will be distributed to military installations around the world this fall.

The Armed Services YMCA sponsors the annual art contest and presents $500 U.S. Savings Bonds to winners from each of the services.

"This year's drawings, as in the past, reflect the challenges and joys of life in the military as seen through the eyes of elementary school age children," said retired Rear Adm. Frank Gallo, national executive director of the Armed Services YMCA. "Moving to new communities was a prominent theme this year, with many of the drawings depicting moving vans, traveling scenes, and leaving friends.

"Other drawings included a wide variety of family activities such as going to church and visiting libraries, commissaries, and other places on the installation," he said. "Each year, the children tell success stories of military families through their drawings."

Military Family Week this year will be celebrated from Nov. 21 through Nov. 28, the Thanksgiving holiday period. Many installations conduct programs and special events recognizing families during that time. The Armed Services YMCA each year disseminates materials for use in connection with the week, including posters, greetings from the president and senior enlisted advisers, and family certificates.

Other 1999 winners:

Army: Michael Tomczewski, 10, son of Master Sgt. and Mrs. Michael Tomczewski, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.

Coast Guard: Kelly Schumacher, 10, daughter of Capt. and Mrs. Kevin Schumacher, Kirkwood, Mo.

Marine Corps: Chris LaCorte, 7, son of Staff Sgt. and Mrs. Jeffrey LaCorte, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Navy: Chelsea McBride, 9, daughter of Petty Officer 1st Class and Mrs. Kent McBride, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C.

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Click photo for screen-resolution imageMichael Tomczewski, 10, drew this year's winning Army entry in the annual Armed Services YMCA Military Family Week poster art contest. Tomczewski is the son of Master Sgt. and Mrs. Michael Tomczewski, HHC, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.  
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageKelly Schumacher, 10, drew this year's winning Coast Guard entry in the annual Armed Services YMCA Military Family Week poster art contest. Schumacher is the daughter of Capt. and Mrs. Kevin Schumacher of Kirkwood, Mo.  
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageChris LaCorte, 7, drew this year's winning Marine Corps entry in the annual Armed Services YMCA Military Family Week poster art contest. LaCorte is the son of Staff Sgt. and Mrs. Jeffrey LaCorte, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Camp Lejeune, N.C.  
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageChelsea McBride, 9, drew this year's winning Navy entry in the annual Armed Services YMCA Military Family Week poster art contest. McBride is the daughter of Petty Officer 1st Class and Mrs. Kent McBride, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C.  
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageCecilia Javier, 11, drew this year's winning Air Force and overall entry in the annual Armed Services YMCA Military Family Week poster art contest. Javier is the daughter of Air Force Master Sgt. and Mrs. Noriel Javier of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan.  
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