ASYMCA Contest

Military brats from grades 1-12 submitted artwork and essays as part of the Armed Services Young Men’s Catholic Association annual Art and Essay Contest. Submissions were taken in November, and the winners were selected this past spring, with one essay winner from each grade, while the picture winners were divided up by military branch. Winners had their entries displayed in a number of locations in Washington D.C., including the Russell Rotunda. ASYMCA awards U.S. Savings bonds totaling $7,600 to 1st and 2nd place winners of both contests. The theme of the contest was “My Military Family”.

“Our annual art and essay contest allows children to express their love, appreciation and admiration for their military heroes,” said Frank Gallo, RADM, U.S. Navy (Ret.), and national executive director of ASYMCA. “Their essays and artwork also serve to remind us of the sacrifices our men and women in uniform, and their families, make each day for our country.”

Some examples:

“My dad is the perfect military hero because he is always there for his friends, family, country, and he is a hero at his job.” –Rachel Castle Ortega, 6th Grade

“A courageous soldier committed to excellence. An inspiring leader who draws trust and loyalty from his comrades. A loving and caring husband and father. These are just a few of the numerous depictions of my military hero, my dad.” — Joshua M.D. Nascimento, 9th Grade

“My daddy is true to everyone. He is true to our family, he is true to his commander, he is true to the military.” –Peter Blalock, 3rd Grade


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