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Two students receive honorable mention awards for artwork

NRMS seventh-grader Ruth Domingo holds her winning artwork. (Submitted photo)1 / 2
NRMS eighth-grader Peyton Krueger holds his winning artwork. (Submitted photo) 2 / 2

Out of 500 students who participated in the Nasco “Sketchable” Art Contest throughout the United States, two New Richmond Middle School students -- eighth-grader Peyton Krueger and seventh-grader Ruth Domingo -- received Honorable Mention Awards.

“It felt good to be getting the Honorable Mention Award when I was one of about 500 people who entered the contest,” said Krueger. “Mrs. Johnson [middle school art teacher] said I should try it and I agreed with her. It was really fun.”

Domingo and Krueger were part of the grades 7-9 age category in the contest. A total of three Honorable Mention Awards were given out in each age category according to Johnson.

“I got excited to join the contest after seeing the examples and winners from last year’s contest,” Domingo said. “I felt challenged, so I wanted to create something beautiful on a small piece of paper.”

The students were able to use any medium to create/design their artwork, but it had to be on a Nasco “Sketchables” Postcard.

“My mom gave me the idea for my drawing, which was a road with buildings on it,” Krueger said. “It wasn’t the difficult for me to come up with the design. I just wanted to draw old-fashioned houses. All together it took my two hours to create my final design.”

For Domingo, the choice to create a picture featuring an owl was an easy one, but actually getting the owl from pen to page wasn’t quite as easy.

“The beauty and precision of owls inspired the design of my postcard,” Domingo said. “It was a little difficult for me to come up with the design. It needed to be something that I can draw on a small piece of paper, which made the owl just the right fit for me and it would fit the paper too. It took me about four days to finish it completely.”

When the news came out that she and Krueger had received the Honorable Mention Award, Domingo was ecstatic.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Domingo said. “I felt honored and excited when I found out that I was one of the three people, out of 500, that received an honorable mention for my age group.”

Both Krueger and Domingo love drawing and other forms of artwork and it has been something they have enjoyed for a while now. They both came to appreciate art in different ways, but they both love to see their ideas come to life on the page.

“I don’t really know how I got into art, I have just always liked it,” Krueger said. “It is an amazing feeling once you get done with a drawing or piece of art.”

For Domingo, art is about creating something beautiful and worthwhile.

“Seeing many beautiful artworks is what got me into art,” Domingo said. “I want to create something admirable and enjoyable. I like to create things like the design for the postcard because I like to draw, color and create something worth admiration.”

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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