The American Legion Post 28 held its first ever Roswell Veterans Day Parade Artwork Contest this year for students at area schools, and have also been invited to display art that portrayed the military in a positive light, with the winners getting a chance to march in Saturday’s Veterans Day parade.
Stephen Lee, finance director for Post 28, who also was one of four people tasked with judging the nearly 30 pieces entered, announced the winners this week on several radio shows. Nine individual students were declared winners split among three categories: elementary, middle and high school.
This year was the first year Post 28 held the contest as a way for the students to be able to take part in the Veterans Day Celebration scheduled for this Saturday, Lee said Tuesday.
Two group submissions – one at the elementary school and one at the middle school level – were also declared winners.
First-place winners receive $50, second-place $25 and third-place $10. The two groups who submitted a piece will get a pizza party provided by Dominos Pizza, and all people who entered will receive a free meal at the Golden Corral.
All winners are also invited to march in the parade with their artwork this Saturday as part of the Veterans Day celebration and will eventually have their work displayed at the Hall of Heroes in the Roswell Mall, Lee said.
Mia Sanchez of Washington Avenue Elementary is the first-place winner in the elementary school category. Espe Duran of Monterrey Elementary and Anthony Sanchez of Pacos Elementary won second- and third-place respectively.
Ms. Parra and Ms. Lee’s class at Hagerman Elementary School submitted a piece of art that also received an award.
In the middle school category Estafania Polanca Parra of Dexter Middle School took first place, Dulce Destiny Barraza Florez of Hagerman Middle School second place and Inez Stanza of Berrendo Middle School third place.
Robert Sebastion Perez, Isaac Armenta and Othaniel Alvidrez of Hagerman Middle School received an award for a piece that they submitted as a group.
Cadet Madrid Ashanti of the New Mexico Youth ChalleNGe took first place in the high school category, while Katherine J. Keenan of Dexter High and Lorena Valencia of Roswell High won second- and third-place respectively.
All art had to be entered by Oct. 26, according to the Post 28 webpage. Watercolor or oil paintings, collages, sculptures, prints and photography made by students were all accessible mediums of artwork acceptable for the contest.
Work submitted had to have a poppy, the words “honoring those who served” and have a positive military message and had to have the name of the student, school and grade, according to the webpage.
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