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Argo Family Captures Second Win in YMCA Art Contest

By Andree Swanson
National Guard Bureau

SPRINGFIELD, April 4, 2002 – Sixth-grader Meghan Argo recently took the news of winning the Armed Services YMCA Art Contest 2002 with squeals of delight. Last year at about the same time, she was the one who answered a similar call to learn two of her sisters had taken first- and second-place prizes.

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Meghan Argo's pen-and- watercolor portrait of her Navy family won the Armed Services YMCA Art Contest 2002 competition. Her poster will be featured prominently, along with the artwork of other service winners, on a poster promoting Military Family Week. Other winning posters can be viewed at the Armed Services YMCA Web site. http://www.asymca.org/art_contest.htm

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Meghan, daughter of Navy Cmdr. Michael and Margaret Argo of Stuttgart, Germany, entered a pen-and-watercolor portrait of her family to win the first-place Navy title and a $500 U.S. Savings Bond. Three other sisters entered this year's art contest and made the finals. Maureen Argo was last year's Navy winner.

Winners in each service and the National Guard have their artwork published on a poster promoting Military Family Week in November. Meghan's portrait was chosen over all the other service winners to take the prime position on the poster. The insurance company GEICO, a contest sponsor, underwrites poster publication.

All first-place service winners receive $500 bonds. Second- place entries receive a $100 bond. To honor government civilians' support to the military, an honorary award of a $100 bond is given to the child of a Defense Department or Coast Guard civilian employee.

All the winning artwork appears on the Armed Services YMCA Web site, www.asymca.org/art_contest.htm. The art contest winners page also lists the winners of honorable mention certificates.

This year's other first-place service winners are:

  • Air Force: Daniela McCain, third-grade daughter of Tech. Sgt. Christopher and Pamela McCain, Andrews Air Force Base, Md.
  • Coast Guard: Kurt Muilenburg, sixth-grade son of Cmdr. Wayne and Lin Muilenburg, Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma, Calif.
  • Marine Corps: Mariah Muller, fourth-grade daughter of Staff Sgt. Stephen and Tammy Muller, Parris Island, S.C.
  • National Guard: Jenya Sakaeva-Jodrey, first-grade daughter of Sgt. 1st Class Francis and Leila Jodrey, Camp Keyes, Maine.
  • Army: Alexus Small, fifth-grade daughter of Staff Sgt. Loren and Regina Small, Fort Benning, Ga.
Second-place winners were:
  • Brighettia Gibbs, fifth-grade daughter of Army Sgt. Clarence and Thelma Holley, Fort Benning, Ga.
  • Angela Goodpaster, sixth-grade daughter of National Guard Maj. Jamie Goodpaster, Jefferson Barracks Air National Guard Station, Mo.
  • Stephen MacIntyre, third-grade son of Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Rose and Richard MacIntyre, Airstation Sitka, Alaska.
  • Angela Reinick, fifth-grade daughter of Defense Department civilian Danny and Jane Reinick, Hohenfels, Germany.
  • Joseph Saahene, fourth-grade son of Air Force Staff Sgt. Joseph and Christina Saahene, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.
  • Jessica Veazey, fifth-grade daughter of Navy Sr. Chief Petty Officer Mark Veazey, Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, Miss., and Air Force Capt. Susan Veazey, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. (awarded second place in the Navy category).
  • Caroline Zotti, second-grade daughter of Marine Corps Lt. Col. Steven and Priscilla Zotti, Bolling Air Force Base, D.C.
(Andree Swanson works for the Armed Service YMCA in Springfield, Va.)


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