Patriotic Art Scholarship winners named

Courtesy photo: The Young American Creative Patriotic Art winners are shown with their artwork and their scholarships. From left, are: Kaleigh Dixon, $100 scholarship, $75 to Kaitlyn Doom, and Shawn Flippo received $50 for his entry.

The VFW Auxiliary sponsored Young American Creative Patriotic Art Scholarship winners have been identified. The scholarship encourages high-school-aged students with an interest in art to enter their patriotic creations.

The students have a deadline of March 31 for their entries.

This year’s winners have been chosen. The first-place winner is Kaleigh Dixon, a junior at Brookings High School. Her sketch of her great-grandfather, Harvey Schroeder, was chosen by the judges.

Kaitlyn Doom, BHS sophomore, submitted an entry portraying the poppy fields personalized with veterans names or initials, received second place. Third place recipient was Shawn Flippo with his entry of aircraft and parachutes against a background of the American flag and blue sky. His entry was a tribute to his recently retired dad who was a paratrooper.

The three winners were presented their scholarship awards at the VFW Post on April 20 with auxiliary and Post members present. Family members of the scholarship recipients were also in attendance. It was also announced at the gathering that Kaleigh Dixon had won first place at the Department (state) judging. Her entry has been submitted to the National Department for judging. Winners will be announced at the National VFW Convention in July.

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