VFW announces Young American Creative Patriotic Art winner

Anna Hilberg, a senior at Forest Park High School, was the local first-place winner of the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ 2017-2018 Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. Hilberg receives her award from Diane Donahue chairwoman.

Crystal Falls — Anna Hilberg, a senior at Forest Park High School, is the local first-place winner of the Veterans of Foreign Wars 2017-2018 Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest, the VFW Auxiliary Post 2891 of Crystal Falls announced.

Hilberg, who was sponsored by VFW Post 2891 and its Auxiliary, created her chalk 18- by 24-inch drawing as an independent studies.

Each entry was judged on the originality of concept, presentation, and patriotism expressed; the content of how it relates to patriotism and clarity of ideas; the design technique; total impact of work; and uniqueness.

Those entered also needed to provide an explanation of patriotism expressed in the art.

Students needed to be in ninth through 12th grades. Students must attend school in the same state as the sponsoring VFW Auxiliary. Students needed to be no more than 18 years old at the time of local entry, and they must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national.

Hilberg’s chalk drawing created for the contest.

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.

Hilberg’s winning artwork was sent to VFW State of Michigan Department for judging in the state contest.

State winners now will compete at the national level at the National VFW Convention in July for individual awards, ranging from $500 to $10,000.

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