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2002 Military Family Week Essay, Art Contests Open

By Andree Swanson
National Guard Bureau

SPRINGFIELD, Va., Nov. 16, 2001 – The Armed Services YMCA wants military youngsters' entries for its 2002 art contest and readers' essay contest.

Art Contest 2002, in its seventh year, seeks artwork from children in kindergarten through sixth grade depicting their active-duty, Guard or Reserve military families. Top prizes are $500 U.S. Savings Bonds, and the winners' artwork will be printed on posters for worldwide distribution next year in observance of Military Family Week. Children of Defense Department and Coast Guard civilians may enter in an honorary category. Entry deadline is Jan. 28, 2002.

The poster for this year's Military Family Week observance, Nov. 18-25, features the winning art of Heather Burke, daughter of Air Force Staff Sgt. Robert and Marietta Burke of Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. A color image of the poster is accessible on the Web at www.asymca.org/ art_posters_2001.htm.

Also featured on the poster are smaller panels by service- level winners, Maureen Argo, daughter of Navy Cmdr. Michael and Margaret Argo of Stuttgart, Germany; Krizzia Castro, daughter of Army Staff Sgt. Omar and Veronica Castro of Fort Riley, Kan.; Angelica Gates, daughter of Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Stephan and Gina Gates of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C.; Dane Krull, son of Maj. Rich and Stephanie Krull of Indiana Air National Guard; and Keeya Singer, daughter of Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Douglas and Vicki Singer of Humboldt Bay, Calif.

Entry deadline for the 2002 Armed Services YMCA Essay Contest is March 18. The contest highlights the joys of reading and should be on any subject related to reading. In its sixth year, it's open to first- through 12th-graders and offers Savings Bond prizes of up to $1,000. Children of active-duty, reserve and retired members of the uniformed services and of DoD, Coast Guard and American Mission civilian employees can enter.

Full contest guidelines are on the Armed Services YMCA Web site at www.asymca.org, or they can be obtained by sending an e-mail note to essaycontest@asymca.org or MilitaryFamilyWeek @asymca.org; or calling 703-866-1260.

(Andree Swanson works for the Armed Services YMCA in Springfield, Va.)

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