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Poster Contest Details

2021 Susquehanna Chapter, MOAA

Veterans Day Poster Contest

The Veterans Day Poster Contest provides kindergarten through eighth grade students in Harford County Public, Private and Homeschools an opportunity to express their thoughts about Veterans through art. The contest is presented by the Susquehanna Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, in partnership with the Harford County James V. “Capt’n Jim” McMahan Commission on Veterans’ Affairs.

2021 Poster Theme

“What is a Veteran?”

Create a poster that answers the question “What is a Veteran?”  Your poster can recognize present or past Veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces.  Your poster can honor any Veteran, including those in your family.

Poster Categories by Grade:

  • K-2nd
  • 3rd-5th
  • 6th-8th

The contest is open to public, private or home-school students at the elementary and middle school level in Harford County, Maryland.

Rules, Submission, and Judging

  • Only one entry per student. There is no entry fee to participate.
  • Any media may be used, including paint, crayon, colored pencil, charcoal, stickers, paper, etc. Posters may contain photographs, but may not contain magazine or newspaper illustrations.
  • All posters must be the student’s original creation and may not be traced from photographs or other artists’ published work. No trademarked or copyrighted images or phrases may be used.
  • The title, “What is a Veteran,” must be included on the front side of each poster submission to be eligible.
  • Although younger students will most likely receive help in planning from an adult, each student should do their own work. Note: Entries with student handwriting and artwork will score better than those designed, drawn, and colored by adult assistance.
  • Posters may be created in one of two formats but must be submitted digitally:
    • Physical poster, horizontal or vertical, measuring not larger than 22” by 24” (standard size poster board).
    • Digital poster, using any standard software that can be opened on a Windows platform.
  • All posters must be submitted electronically.
    • Physical posters should be photographed or scanned into JPEG format for submission. Photographs must be clear and well-framed.
    • Each digital file should be named in the following format: Grade Level_Last Name_First Name of the student. (Example: Grade 4 Smith Susan)
    • Each poster must be submitted with an entry form to be eligible for judging. The form must be completed and signed by a parent/guardian.
  • Entries must be submitted by October 15, 2021.
  • The judging panel may include representatives from MOAA, the Commission on Veterans’ Affairs, educators, and community members.
  •  A student’s work will be evaluated by the judges using the MOAA Veterans Day Poster Contest Judging Rubric
  • Entries will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
    • Theme, 25%
    • Personal Expression, 25%
    • Craftmanship, 25%
    • Visual appeal and clarity, 25%

To Enter the Contest

All artists, including the winners, will retain the rights to their work. Entry in the contest constitutes full permission to publish names and photos of winners and their art without further compensation. The determination of eligibility of entries and any interpretation of these rules is at the sole discretion of the Poster Contest Committee of the combined Susquehanna Chapter, Military Officers Association of America and the Harford County James V. “Capt’n Jim” McMahan Commission on Veterans’ Affairs. Decisions shall be final and binding upon all entrants.

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities will be provided upon request.  Please let us know of any special needs by emailing moaapostercontest@gmail.com.

Prizes & Recognition

The top three posters in each grade category will receive monetary prizes. First place winners will receive $50, second place winners will receive $30, and third place winners will receive $20. Winners will also receive a special challenge coin. Monetary prizes are sponsored by Boyle Buick.

Every participant will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Posters will be displayed, and winners recognized at the Harford County Veterans Resource Fair on Saturday, November 13, 2021. The event is at the Bel Air Reckord Armory, 37 North Main Street, Bel Air, Maryland.  Winning posters will also be forwarded to the Military Officers Association of America for consideration to be published in their monthly national magazine. Local news media outlets may also publish the winning or other posters.

The contest details are available in PDF format at the link below.

 
   
   
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