Veterans Day Poster & Poem Contest - Paralyzed Veterans of America

Paralyzed Veterans of America proudly announces the winners of its 13th annual Veterans Day Poster and Poem Contest: second-grader Janie Kim from Frances E. Norton Elementary School in Allen, Texas is the grand prize winner in the poster category, and eighth-grader Kendall Schenck from Captain Nathan Hale Middle School Coventry, CT is the grand prize winner in the poem category.

Paralyzed Veterans will host the students and a family member or guardian in Washington, DC, on Veterans Day, where they will attend the Veterans Day Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, and receive their awards later that day at Paralyzed Veterans’ annual Veterans Day reception. Their grand prize winning entries, along with category finalists for each grade, will also be featured on Paralyzed Veterans’ website.

“We congratulate Janie and Kendall on winning this year’s Veterans Day Poster and Poem contest and thank all of this year’s participants for entering the contest and showing their support for veterans,” said Al Kovach Jr., national president of Paralyzed Veterans. “We broke a record this year with more than 1,500 entries from schools all across the country, and while it was tough to pick just two—our grand prize winners really stood out and captured what it means to celebrate 70 years of service.”

Category winners include:

  • 1-2 Grade: Jolette Izaguirre - Holy Rosary Catholic School Larose, LA

  • 3-4 Grade: Brandon Pang - White Oaks Elementary School Burke, VA

  • 5-6 Grade: Mia Savino - Horace W. Porter School Columbia, CT

  • 7-8 Grade: Whitney Cole - South Fayette Middle School McDonald, PA

This year’s contest theme was, "Celebrating 70 Years of Service." Using their own words, images and creativity, children were asked to show in a drawing or write in a poem how they would commemorate 70 years of veterans service. The poster contest was open to students in grades 1-4, and the poem contest to students in grades 5-8.

Paralyzed Veterans launched the nationwide contest 13 years ago as a way to actively involve the nation’s youth in celebration of Veterans Day and to promote greater awareness of America’s 26 million veterans and the sacrifices they have made to ensure the freedoms we enjoy daily.

View all 2016 poster finalists 

View all 2016 poem finalists