This past spring, Dupree alum Chessa McDaniel, entered her art in the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary organization.
The ink artwork involved a lot of thought and research on McDaniel’s part and she chose to honor her grandfather, Bill McDaniel, who is a veteran.
In her work, McDaniel drew her grandfather in his service uniform and the background is a postcard from Japan, where he was stationed during part of his service. The stamp depicted on the postcard is the 1950 Japanese New Year’s stamp and the address on the postcard is Chessa’s present address at Lantry, South Dakota.
For her entry, McDaniel was awarded second place in the South Dakota division and she won $50. Entries that won at the state level went on to represent their respective state and will compete at the national level with prizes ranging from first place at $15,000 to ninth place at $500.
Traditionally, the entries are displayed at the VFW Auxiliary State Convention, which is held in June, and the state winners are announced. Since the convention was not held this summer, the plan is to display the entries at the next state meeting which is scheduled for October.
Chessa has a passion for art and she recently completed a painting of a horse that sold within days after being on the market. Chessa is the daughter of Kim and Don McDaniel.