4 Hallettsville High School students recognized for their entries in the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest

Oak Gallery and the Lavaca Memorial VFW Auxiliary #6382 announced winners

HALLETSVILLE, Texas – Four Halletsville High School students were recognized by the Oak Gallery and the Lavaca Memorial VFW Auxiliary #6382 for their entries in the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Competition. The winners who were announced at the Gallery’s “First Day of Spring” celebration are:

First Place: Isabell Kalina, 16-years-old “A Veteran’s Reflection”

Oil pastels, watercolor, colored pencils

Second Place: Alaysia Wilson, 15-years-old “Man with PTSD from War”

Pencil, acrylic paint

Third Place: Avery Jernigan, 14-years-old “Blue Angels”

Acrylic paint

Honorable Mention: Emily Barrera, 15-years-old “American Flag with Soldier”

Colored pencil, marker

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States auxiliaries has nearly 500,000 members nationwide and volunteers millions of hours and dollars in support of veterans, military personnel and their families. The organization introduced back in 1979 the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. This contest recognizes up-and-coming artists, engender appreciation for veterans and inspires patriotism in our nation’s youth. In the 2020 contest, 9 finalists between grade levels 9 through 12 received a total of $31,000 in scholarships.

Local VFW Auxiliary chairperson Anita Barrera-Rocha explains, “We are appreciative of Hallettsville High School and art teacher Staci Powers for encouraging students to enter the contest. It is quite an honor for Hallettsville to participate.”

South Central Texas Art League President Lois Weiss, who served as a judge said, “I am in awe of the talent exhibited by these young people. Staci Powers has done a wonderful job of teaching and guiding their artistic efforts.”

Stop by the Hallet Oak Gallery, 115 N. Main Street, Hallettsville, through April 30 to view the winning work as well as other entries. The gallery is open Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and week days from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. For a virtual tour, visit www.halletoakgallery.com.