YAM Flag

The 2020-21 YAM Flag theme is:

"Art Connects Us"

Deadline for Entries is November 15th

Kansas YAM Flag Contest 2020-2021:

Who Can Participate: Students of current Kansas Art Education Association Members (membership has its perks) 

The flag theme is “Art Connects Us”. Students need to design a colorful flag that incorporates the theme and also represents the state of KS.  

Size: 8.5 x 11 inches horizontal layout, 300 ppi or higher if digital

Media: Any two dimensional Media such as markers, watercolors, acrylic, tempera, pastels, crayon, chalk, pencils, collage or computer graphics. NO photography please.


ARTWORK: Submit artwork digitally (jpeg or vector format). 

  • It is important to take a clear photograph with appropriate lighting and focus or scan your image in order for the entry to be judged fairly. 

  • Images should be saved with the students’ name as the file name, and emailed to yamflag@kaea.com. Images sent without following these instructions will be automatically disqualified. 

  • Limit 25 entries per teacher, per school.

Prizes will be awarded in three grade categories: K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Entries will be part of a digital exhibit at the Kansas Youth Art Month celebration. The grand prize winning design will be made into a flag and will be flown at the NAEA Convention! We look forward to seeing your students' flag creations! 

Questions? Contact Johnna Smith – YAM Flag Chair, YAMflag@kaea.com.

Below are the results of the 2020 Youth Art Month Flag Design Contest. Congratulations to all the winning students and their art teachers! Please encourage your students and their families to attend the Youth Art Day reception and awards ceremony in Topeka at the Alice Sabatini Gallery at the Shawnee Topeka Public Library on March 22nd. All YAM Flag Design winners will be honored. Details for this event will be posted soon on the KAEA website. Thanks again for supporting Kansas Youth Art Month!


Joselle Courchaine, 12th Grader at Cheney High School, student of Mrs. Shawny Montgomery!!

2020 Youth Art Month Winning Flag Design—Joselle Courchaine, 12th Grader at Cheney High School, student of Mrs. Shawny Montgomery!!
Middle School Category--
1st Place—Jane Serafine, 7th Grade, Andover Middle School - Teacher: Johnna Smith
2nd Place— Avery Vogt, 7th Grade, Andover Middle School - Teacher: Johnna Smith
3rd Place— Tayln Hoch, 7th Grade, Cheney Middle School - Teacher: Shannon Monson
HM— Emma Whiddon, 6th Grade, Andover Middle School - Teacher: Johnna Smith
HM—Taylor Marsh, 8th Grade, Washburn Rural Middle School - Teacher: Mindy Armstrong
HM—Olivia Doremus, 7th Grade, Andover Middle School - Teacher:Johnna Smith
HM— Sydney Laster, 8th Grade, Washburn Rural Middle School - Teacher: Mindy Armstrong
HM—Kaitlyn Thomas, 8th Grade, Blue Valley Middle School - Teacher: Robin Kingeter
HM—Kryndon Proffitt, 8th Grade, Jackson Heights Middle School - Teacher: Katie Morris
HM—Maya Gu, 6th Grade, Andover Middle School - Teacher: Johnna Smith
HM—Madi Rieschick, 7th Grade, Andover Middle School - Teacher: Johnna Smith
HM—Anna Lacy, 8th Grade, Washburn Rural Middle School - Teacher: Mindy Armstrong
HM— Sarah Ormiston, 7th Grade, Andover Middle School - Teacher: Johnna Smith
HM— Addison Smith, 7th Grade, Andover Middle School - Teacher: Johnna Smith
High School Category--
1st Place—Joselle Courchaine, 12th Grade, Cheney High School - Teacher: Shawny Montgomery
2nd Place—Ariel Stamback, 12th Grade, Cheney High School - Teacher: Shawny Montgomery
3rd Place—Gage Stamback, 11th Grade, Cheney High School - Teacher: Shawny Montgomery
HM—Jamie Claiborne, 12th Grade, Cheney High School - Teacher: Shawny Montgomery
HM—Abigail Vajnar, 10th Grade, Cheney High School - Teacher: Shawny Montgomery
HM--Lauryn Becker, 12th Grade, Cheney High School - Teacher: Shawny Montgomery
HM-- Madisynn Hair, 12th Grade, Cheney High School - Teacher: Shawny Montgomery
HM -- Teagan Valdez, 12th Grade, Jefferson West High School, Teacher: Mark Ralston
HM -- Olivia Knerr, 12th Grade, Junction City High School, Teacher: Tera Morriss

Past Winning YAM Flag Designs

2019 Youth Art Month Winning Flag Design
Lauryn Becker, 11th Grade
 Cheney High School
student of Mrs. Shawny Montgomery

2018 Youth Art Month Winning Flag Design:
Josie Harris, Haven High School, student of Kylee Baldetti!!

2017 Kansas YAM Flag Design Winner:
Gaby Kill, 8th grade
Leawood Middle School
student of So Choi
2016 Kansas YAM Flag Design Winner:
Morgan Winters, 12th grade 
Andover Central High School 
student of Mrs. Pat Chambers
2015 Kansas YAM Flag Design Winner:
Meridith Basham, 8th grade 
California Trails Middle School
student of Megan Wendleton
2014 Kansas YAM Flag Design Winner: 
Savannah Redfern,
student of Pat Chambers at Andover Central High School
2013 Kansas YAM Flag Design/1st Place Middle School
Cameron McFadden, Andover Central Middle School.
Student of Ginger Steck.

KAEA Mission Statement

KAEA is dedicated to the advancement of the human and cultural understanding through the study of art by providing opportunities for professional growth and development, exchange of knowledge and ideas, and service and leadership for the advancement of quality art education.