Posted Date: 07/05/2018
The Chennault Aviation and Military Museum (CAMM) and the Ouachita Parish School System Talented Art Program recently partnered to present the American Spirit Challenge Student Competition. The competition is in conjunction with the annual juried art exhibition that the Talented Art Program holds showcasing student artwork.
CAMM Director, Adrienne LaFrance-Wells said, “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to encourage these students to consider the brave sacrifices that were made to preserve the freedoms that they enjoy every day by creating these beautiful works of art. Showcasing the young talent in our area is so important, as is promoting patriotism among our youth.” The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council conducted judging so judges could remain objective. Prize awards were sponsored by Homeland Bank, the Selman Field Historical Association and the Fort Miro Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
The first prize winner, Alison Lau of Sterlington High School, chose WWII Hump Pilot, J.V. Vinyard, as her portrait subject. Vinyard spoke to around 500 students and parents at the Student Services Center art reception about his time flying over the Himalayan Mountains as the supply line in China during the war. CAMM has an exhibit on Vinyard in the Chennault exhibit room.
Han Vu of Ouachita Parish High School won Second prize for a portrait of her father who served in the South Vietnamese Air Force in the Vietnam War. West Ouachita High School student, Christina Ford, won third for her charcoal of WWII veteran, Cornelius Glenn Whitley, CPL US Marine Corps.
Woodmen of the World is a sponsor locally for National History Day, providing cash prizes for students. All students were recognized at a reception at the Chennault Museum.