Art Students Dream Comes True

Roshni Lauji, Writer and photographer

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As Junior Elijah Reynolds was sitting in art class, he anxiously waited for his teacher to announce the winners of the 2018 “This Land Was Made For You and Me” art contest. For this contest, students from all over the nation had to create a drawing of a landscape in the United States. Only a select few would be chosen, and the best drawings would receive a Merritt Award, which is the highest award given. Elijah never thought that he would be chosen. That is until his teacher announced his name. He froze in shock, and his heart started to beat rapidly. Not only was he chosen, he had also won the Merritt Award. He was so excited!
Elijah received his Merritt Award on April 4 at the Stark Museum of Art. The judges picked his drawing and he won the contest.
Elijah had to choose a place in the United States to base his drawing off of. He picked Seattle, Washington.
“I’ve always wanted to go to Seattle, and I love how colorful it is night,” Reynolds said, “I thought it would be perfect for the contest.”
Reynolds worked really hard on his drawing, and it did take time.
“It took me about a day to sketch it out and a week and a half to complete it,” Reynolds said, “I love how it came out.”
Although Elijah loved making his drawing, he had some obstacles along the way.
“It wasn’t easy blending the colors together, but I managed to make it work,” Reynolds said.
Elijah’s passion for drawing didn’t start here, he’s had it for a long time.
“I’ve been drawing ever since I was a kid,” Reynolds said, “It’s always been one of my greatest passions.”
Elijah couldn’t believe it when he found out that he had won a Merritt Award.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Reynolds said, “I never would have thought that I’d get chosen.”