Community News

Posted: Monday, September 16, 2002

VFW Ladies Auxiliary sponsors art contest

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary of the Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 will sponsor the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Awards Program again this year.

Developed in 1978, the awards allow high school students to compete for scholarships by expressing patriotism through artwork.

Students enrolled in grades nine through 12 are eligible to enter. Monetary awards will be made at the school level, and the overall winner from the area will receive an additional award and be entered in the state level competition. The first-place state winner will be entered in the national competition, where the first prize is $10,000, plus an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Entries must be submitted on paper or canvas. Watercolor, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic, pen-and-ink or oil mediums will be accepted, as will digital art, but no computer disks will be accepted.

Canvas entries must be submitted on stretcher frames; other entries must be matted on white and should not be framed. The art should be no smaller than 8-inches by 10-inches, but no larger than 18-inches by 24-inches.

All entries must be received by Nov. 27. For more information, visit, contact an art teacher in any of the area high schools or call Billie Huddleston at 283-9443.

Elks offer college scholarships

Each year, thousands of high school seniors nationwide vie for one of 500 Elks National Foundation's Most Valuable Student scholarships. The top male and female applicants will each receive $60,000 scholarships. The foundation also awards two second-place $40,000 scholarships; two third-place $20,000 awards and 494 $4,000 awards.

Any high school senior who is a U.S. citizen is eligible to apply. Male and female students compete separately and are judged on scholarship, leadership and financial need.

Applicants must advance through local, district and state competitions to reach the national level. Winners will be announced around May 15.

Most Valuable Student contest applications are available online at, at any are Elks lodge or high school, or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Elks National Foundation, 2750 N. Lakeview Ave., Chicago, IL 60614.

Completed applications must be submitted to the applicants nearest Elks lodge by Jan. 10.

Historical association to meet next month

The Kenai Historical Society will host a Kenai Peninsula Historical Association meeting Oct. 5 at the United Methodist Church of the New Covenant, across from Wells Fargo Bank in Kenai.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. with a coffee hour and collection of membership dues.

The business portion of the meeting will run from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by a lunch at the church.

At 1:30 p.m., Dorothy Gray will present a slide show and discussion of the restoration of the Orthodox Rectory and will present building samples of wood and wallpaper. Following the presentation, there will be a tour of the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church.

For more information, call KHS President Emily DeForest at 283-4870.

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