Art Category 3- to 4-years-old winner: Therese Mesina


GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — A U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria child is one of seven winners of the 2019 Young Live, BIG Stories contest sponsored by the U.S. Army Installation Management Command’s Child and Youth Services.


Therese Mesina won for her art submission in the 3- to 4-year old category.


The art and essay contest is part of the 2019 Month of the Military Child observance. Military children and youth in grades preschool through 12th were eligible to enter the contest. Participants submitted an essay or artwork to tell their story of what it means to be a military child or youth. Prizes are given for the winners of each age category and one overall winner.


The other six winners hail from all over the world.


Melanie McDaniel, USAG Hawaii, is the overall winner for her essay describing the advantages and disadvantages of being a military child.


Art winners were:


  • 3- to 4-year-olds: Therese Mesina, USAG Bavaria, Germany


  • 5-year-olds to first grade: Autumn Lee, Army National Guard (HHC 115th E5B, Madison, Alabama)


  • Second to third grade: Jemma Empeno, Army Reserves (419th CSSB, Yorba Linda, California)


Essay winners were:


  • Fourth to fifth grade: Alyssa Lemire, Fort Huachuca, Arizona


  • Sixth to eighth grade: Maliza Lincoln, Fort Hamilton, New York


  • Ninth to 12th grade: Lindsay Birkhead- Morton, ARNG (JFHQ, Baltimore, Maryland)


Entries were scored based on content, form, grammar, presentation of the main idea and creativity.


Original story released by Installation Management Command

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