Sunday, August 25, 2019
Kayla Juds of Greendale, Wis., painted this portrait of her grandfather. The entry in the VFW Auxiliary Patriotic Art Contest won first place honors on the national level.

BP VFW Auxiliary patriotic art winners chosen

Three young artists will be honored for their patriotic art creativity after they participated in the Blooming Prairie VFW Auxiliary Post 878 Patriotic Art Contest for 2019.

Sixteen students participated in the contest. 

Any student in grades 9-12 who is enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States may participate in the contest.

Grace Robbins earned the first place award of $100. Second place award of $75 went to David Kartest. Third place award of $50 was given to Garret Farr.

The three winners will be recognized and presented their awards at the 2019 Memorial Day festivities at the Blooming Prairie Servicemen's Club on Monday, May 27. The Times will publish the award-winning art pieces following the award presentation.

Carol Holman was chair of this year's event and has had that position for the past 16 years.

Judging the contest were VFW Auxiliary members Joyce Johns, Judy Lestrud and Marilyn Witzel.

The Blooming Prairie Library will have winning posters on display during April.

The first place winner goes to Owatonna to be judged on the district level.

The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $29,500.

"We want to give a huge thank you to all students who took their time to participate in the Patriotic Art project.

Each year, more than 3,500 high school students from across the country participate in the VFW Auxiliary’s Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. 

The contest began in 1979 to recognize up-and-coming artists and encourage patriotism in youth. View the 2017-2018 state winners or all the previous first-place national winners at

Kayla Juds, a high school senior from Greendale, Wis., was last year's winner. Her entry was entitled "Life and Memories of a Patriot." The entry was sponsored by VFW Auxiliary 10519.

Here's what Juds said about her art piece:

“Life and Memories of a Patriot” | Medium: Oil Paint

Sponsored by VFW Auxiliary 10519 | Greendale, Wis.

“This painting of my grandfather is a historic reflection of a patriot who, in decades past, proudly went to battle. 

"The memories of serving his country honorably years ago in Korea, along with many other patriots, have faded. My parents told me how he served proudly, as did his father in World War II. 

"What I know most about my grandfather is the love, honor and commitment that he has demonstrated his entire life. As my grandfather prepares to travel with my brother this summer on his Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., along with many other brave veterans, my family and I will reflect on his patriotism, loyalty and devotion. 

"While specific memories serving in Korea have faded, some things have not, including his love and honor of country, family and God. As civilians, we should remember and respect the sacrifices made by our nation’s heroes.” – Kayla Juds

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