Manteo High student wins state Patriotic Art contest

By on July 14, 2019

Alyse Stewart moves on to national finals

Alyse Stewart’s award-winning art

Each year, more than 3,500 high school students from across the country participate in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (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.  Any student in grades 9-12 who is enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States is eligible to enter the contest.  Applicants do not have to be related to a VFW or VFW Auxiliary member to participate, but the student must attend school in the same state as the sponsoring VFW Auxiliary.

Alyse Stewart with her award. Could there be one coming on the national level?

Alyse M. Stewart, a rising senior at Manteo High School, was the 1st Place Winner of this year’s local patriotic art contest held in April by Outer Banks VFW Auxiliary 10950, which was newly instituted in December of 2017.  After winning the contest on the Outer Banks, Alyse’s painting was subsequently entered into the North Carolina Young American Creative Patriotic Art competition at the state level.

It was announced at the joint VFW/VFW Auxiliary’s Council of Administration in Cary, North Carolina on Saturday, June 21, 2019 that Alyse Stewart had won the contest for the state of North Carolina!  Alyse’s painting has already been shipped to Orlando, Florida to compete against the winning artworks of the remaining 49 states for national awards totaling $29,500.

The winner of the national contest will be awarded a $15,000 scholarship.  The National Winner will be announced at the 106th VFW/VFW Auxiliary Convention taking place July 20-24, 2019 in Orlando, Florida.

Dare County Animal Shelter

Sealed bids for completion of the Dare County Animal Shelter will be received on February 11, 2020, in Dare County Administration Building, 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo, NC, for 01-Fencing, 03- Concrete, 04-Masonry, 05-Metals/ Steel, 06-Casework, 07-Roofing, 07-Caulking, 08-Glass and Glazing, 08-Doors, Frames and Hardware, 08-Overhead Doors, 09-Drywall, 09-Flooring, 09-Painting, 10- Specialties, 12- Furnishings, 21-Fire Protection, 23-Mechanical & Plumbing, 26-Electrical, 31-Sitework and 32-Landscaping.

This project will be bid and awarded in accordance with North Carolina law. Sealed proposals from Contractors will be received until 1:00 p.m. All bidders must submit for prequalification by 2:00pm on 1/24/2020. Bids submitted by non-prequalified bidders will not be considered. All bids will be opened and read aloud starting at 2:00 p.m. of the bid day. Bids must be delivered in person and on the supplied Bid Form and include a bid deposit worth 5% of the total bid value. Electronic and faxed bids will NOT be accepted or reviewed. All times are local prevailing times.

Information requests concerning the project shall be submitted in writing to: Alex Palagyi of The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company via email (

Bidding material, prequalification material, and complete plans and specifications may be obtained from theWhiting-Turner Building Connected site and will be available until the bid due date. All subcontractors are responsible for emailing Alex Palagyi (alex.palagyi@ for access to the Building Connected site.

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company and Dare County reserve the right to reject any and all bids, waive informalities and irregularities in bidding, and to accept bids which are considered to be in the best interest of the County. The Whiting Turner Contracting Company and Dare County also reserve the right to require any bidder to submit information needed to determine if said bidder is responsible within the meaning of N.C. Gen. Stat. 143-129.


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