March 22, 2016—The Amazing People Portrait Contest was Scholastic Reading Club’s latest contest for students in grades 3-8. It encouraged teachers to ask their students to choose a famous historical figure and create a portrait, scene or collage that told that person’s story.
The fifth graders at Abram Lansing read books from the “Who was…” book series by Kevin McVeigh, and then selected a historical figure to draw.
Dominic Wagner, a student in Ms. Keough’s class at Abram Lansing, chose to draw a portrait of Sitting Bull. His sketch was entered for consideration, along with all the other students’ artwork in the fifth grade classes.
A few weeks ago, Dominic received a letter at school. Scholastic received so many exceptional entries, they added an ‘Honorable Mention’ category, to recognize the student artwork they received that hadn’t been selected as a grand prize winner or one of 10 runners up, but was worthy of acknowledgement.
From the letter:
“We hope you feel really good about this recognition. The quality of the artwork from 3-8th grade was exceptionally high and your entry was among the very best.”
“With students across the nation also participating, the odds of being selected are slim,” explained Abram Lansing Principal Cliff Bird. “This is a pretty big deal.”
“Dominic is always drawing with his sketch pad. He’s an incredibly talented artist,” added Mrs. Brooks, one of the fifth grade teachers.