Red, white and drew: Teens win VFW art competition

Photo courtesy of Barb Milewski

Five teens were honored for their artwork Sunday as part of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Loyalty Day contest. Winners are Jordyn Hutcherson (left) Austin Zemke, Corey Nichols, Corin Cole and Emily O’Connor. President-elect of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW 1136 Barb Milewski (back row) organized the contest locally.

Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE — For five area youths, patriotism has paid off.

Five Riverview Community High School students won $100 each for their first-place drawing with patriotic themes as part of Veterans of Foreign Wars 4 District Loyalty Day Program.

“They write a little article about what their picture means,” Wyandotte VFW 1136 Ladies Auxiliary President-elect Barb Milewski said. “We judge it both on the writing and what they have actually produced.”

Ten students from area schools entered the contest, each sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of a local VFW post.

The winners were honored at a reception held at the Southgate VFW Post 9283 hall last Sunday. Winners also received a certificate of recognition, an eagle pin and an American flag.

Winners were ninth-grader Emily O’Connor, sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of Wyandotte VFW Post 1136; 10th-grader Corey Nichols, sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of Lincoln Park VFW Post 552; Corin Cole, an 11th-grade student sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of Southgate VFW Post 9283; Jordyn Hutcherson, a ninth-grade student sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of Taylor VFW Post 4422; and Austin Zemke, a ninth-grade student was sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of Dearborn Heights VFW Post 4644.

From there, the five winning drawings will be sent to the state competition in Lansing to compete against representatives from across the state. Statewide winners will be announced in June.

Entries for next year’s contest can be submitted until March 31, 2012. For more information go to or contact Milewski at (734) 284-2790.