Nina Taitano

by Chris Haley
Armed Services YMCA

Springfield, Va. – The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) today announced Nina Taitano, of Barrigada, as a winner in the 2016 Annual Armed Services YMCA Art and Essay Contest. Taitano, a third grader at CDR William C. McCool Elementary and Middle School, was selected as the winner in the National Guard and Reserve category.

A higher resolution copy of her winning entry is available here.

William D. French, Vice Admiral, USN (Ret), President | CEO of Armed Services YMCA, will present the prize of an Apple iPod Touch to Taitano at the McCool School Thursday, June 9, at 9:30 a.m. French, former Commander, Joint Region Marianas, is on the island to speak at the USO’s 75th Anniversary Gala and to explore options of bringing ASYMCA services to the military men and women, and their families, stationed on Guam.

The annual Armed Services YMCA Art & Essay Contest allows children to express their love, appreciation and admiration for their military heroes and serves to remind us of the sacrifices our men and women in uniform, and their families, make each day for our country. Entries for the art contest depict the theme, “My Military Family.”

The contest is officially launched every November and is open to all eligible children of U.S. active duty or retired service members.

Winners of both the art and essay contests have their winning entries displayed at 34 Armed Services YMCA Branches and affiliate locations, as well as military bases worldwide during Military Family Month each November. Winners also receive special Apple brand product prizes to help military children create and express themselves.

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