September 19, 2020  (All Photos Courtesy of Kiersten Young)

Avery Lawes, Winner of the AMVETS Flag Coloring Contest

Pocatello’s AMVETS Idaho Post 1 announced the winners of their annual Americanism contest at a dinner held to honor the local students on Thursday, September 17.  The dinner, which was held in conjunction with AMVETS Family Fun Day, took place at OK Ward Park.

Each year, AMVETS holds an Americanism contest for students in grades K-12.  There are different contests, each appropriate to the student’s grade level.  The theme for the 2019-2020 school year was, “What Does Freedom Mean to Me.”  AMVETS is unique in holding patriotic contests for students in all grades, K through 12.

Olivia Lawes, Winner of the AMVETS Lower Elementary Poster Contest

This year, the winner of the flag coloring contest was Avery Lawes, a homeschool student.  Avery was tasked with coloring a picture of an American flag and answering four questions about the flag.  Avery received a check for $50 and a certificate from AMVETS.

Avery’s sister, Olivia Lawes, was the first place winner in the Lower Elementary Poster Contest.  Olivia created a poster on the year’s theme.  Her poster featured an American flag.  Olivia, who is also a homeschool student, received a check from AMVETS for $50 and a certificate.

Heidi Crowder, Winner of the AMVETS Upper Elementary Poster Contest

Heidi Crowder took home the prize for the Upper Elementary Poster Contest.  Heidi’s poster focused on the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  It featured images of a podium with a microphone, representing freedom of speech, a group of children playing together which represented freedom of assembly, and other images.  Heidi also received a check for $50 and a certificate from AMVETS.  Heidi was being homeschooled last year at the time she entered the contest.  She currently attends Legacy Christian School in Pocatello.

Zoe Zufelt, Winner of the AMVETS Middle School Essay Contest

Zoe Zufelt was the winner of the Middle School Essay Contest.  Zoe, also a homeschool student, received a check for $150 and a certificate from AMVETS.  Zoe participates with the local homeschool group, Freedom Scholars.

The winner of the High School Essay Contest was Eddy Crowder.  Eddy, a homeschool student, received a check for $300 and a certificate from AMVETS.

Lance Kolbet, Commander of AMVETS Idaho Post 1 and Heidi Young, President of AMVETS Idaho Post 1 Auxiliary, handed out the awards to all the students.

Eddy Crowder, Winner of the AMVETS High School Essay Contest

All of the students also received an additional prize donated by ServPro.

AMVETS would like to thank AMVETS member Frank Simmons for his generous donation to the Americanism contest.

The competition for next year’s AMVETS Americanism contest will begin in January, 2021, with entries for each of the contests due in May.  The theme for next year is, “What Do I Think of When I See the American Flag?”

To learn more about AMVETS Idaho Post 1, visit their Facebook page at:

Be sure to check in with the Pocatello-Chubbuck Observer’s Education Section, and to follow our Facebook page,  to learn about this and other patriotic student competitions throughout the year.


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