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Poster Contest Details

2022 Susquehanna Chapter, MOAA

Veterans Day Poster Contest

The Veterans Day Poster Contest provides 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.

2022 Poster Theme

“What sacrifices do members of the military, Veterans and their families make for our country?”

Members of the military, Veterans, and their families sacrifice in many ways while serving our country. Create a poster displaying one or more examples of their sacrifice(s). You may use one or more of the examples listed below or any other ideas you wish to share.

  • Loss of a loved one.
  • Time away from family and loved ones because of a deployment.
  • Missed birthdays, holidays, and family events.
  • Making new friends and going to a new school every time they move.
  • Finding a new church, a new sports team, a new Scout troop.
  • Long-term recovery or disability from combat or training injuries.

Poster Categories:

  • Grades K-2nd
  • Grades 3rd-5th
  • Grades 6th-8th
  • Grades 9th-12th
  • Grades 12+ (students under age 21, who have not yet received a high school diploma or certificate of completion, but remain in the Harford County Public School system)

The contest is open to public, private or home-school students at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels 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 family photographs or photographs taken by the student, 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.
  • Create a title for the poster. The title of the poster 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 in JPEG or PDF format.
    • 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_First Name_Last Name of the student. (Example: Grade 4 John Doe)
    • 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 23, 2022.
  • The judging panel may include representatives from MOAA, the Commission on Veterans’ Affairs, educators, and community members.
  • 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

  • Complete the 2022 MOAA Veterans Day Poster Contest Entry Form that can be downloaded from Susquehanna Chapter MOAA website at   
  • Completed contest entry forms and digital posters in JPEG format should be emailed to 
  • All entries must be received by October 23, 2022.

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 Essay 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

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 $35, and third place winners will receive $25. 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 12, 2022. 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.


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