When representatives of the VFW Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest caught a glimpse of Wessington Springs High School (WSHS) student Kenzee Schafer’s artwork at the 2019 State Fair, they encouraged the young artist to think about entering their 2020 art competition.
“They asked if I did patriotic art and if I would be interested in painting one to enter in their competition,” Schafer explained. “I said yes and decided to work on it in my Advanced Art III art class and then submitted it in March of 2020."
A scholarship contest that recognizes up-and-coming artists and encourages patriotism in youth, it’s open to students in grades 9-12, with the winner from each state competing for national awards. Students submit their artwork, entry form and a typed essay of 250 words or less. Entries are judged on originality of concept, presentation and patriotism expressed, design technique and overall impact of work.
“Kenzee received third place at the state level with her beautiful painting (shown above) of an eagle soaring through the sky and the American flag in the background,” said WSHS Art Instructor Alicia Roesler. “When I asked her about any final thoughts about this art contest she said, ‘I am grateful for the opportunity to enter this contest and am hopeful that it encourages patriotism.’”