Two Colfax High students claimed top honors in the Young American Creative Patriotic Art contest, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary. Representing Colfax’s Jess E. Taylor Post 2003 and Ladies Auxiliary was junior William Avalos, who claimed first place and a cash award of $100 at the district competition. Avalos’ artwork, featuring the silhouette of a soldier against a brilliant background, will be forwarded to the statewide competition. Sophomore Bryan Wibberley’s artwork depicting a soldier in a helicopter looking down an Iraqi war-torn village placed second at the district competition. He received $75. He described his work as showing “what many men and women will do to protect our country. It also shows they will fight and risk their lives to save others and free our country from danger.” Each student will receive a $100 U.S. savings bond from the local VFW during Colfax High’s School Awards Program next month. The Ladies Auxiliary has sponsored the Young American Creative Patriotic Art program since 1978. Open to high school students, the purpose is to encourage students to to express their patriotism through art and earning money for their college education.