Taking part in honoring Hannah Troyer for her state art placement were, from left, Kathy Siefker, VFW Auxiliary treasurer, Dorothy Mansfield,
VFW Aux. Youth Chairman, Troyer, Water Trenkamp, VFW, and Doris German, VFW Aux. President. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
Taking part in honoring Hannah Troyer for her state art placement were, from left, Kathy Siefker, VFW Auxiliary treasurer, Dorothy Mansfield, VFW Aux. Youth Chairman, Troyer, Water Trenkamp, VFW, and Doris German, VFW Aux. President. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
CONTINENTAL — A Continental junior has placed in the VFW Patriotic Arts State of Ohio contest.

Hannah Troyer, placed eighth among the 37 entries for the annual contest.

The inspiration for Hannah’s entry was her brother Ryan, who is now in basic training in Georgia with the U.S. Army.

“This is the first time we have had someone place at state,” said Dorothy Mansfield, Past president of VFW Auxiliary Post 9142. She said they are very excited about Hannah’s award. For several weeks, her entry, a portrait close-up painting of a soldier, hung in the Ottawa VFW Post.

“I looked at pictures before I decided what to do,” said Hannah. She said her entry took from two to four weeks to complete.

Hannah is not new to receiving awards. During the 2016 Putnam County Art Show she received a best-of-show for her entry. She said this entry was a scratch art image of a lion.

Hannah wants to be an art teacher when she grows up. She is the daughter of Kenneth and Brenda Troyer.

Each year, more than 3,500 high school students from across the country participate in the VFW Auxiliary’s Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. The contest began in 1979 to recognize up-and-coming artists and encourage patriotism in youth.