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Eighth-grader earns kudos for peace poster

A poster about peace created by Hailey Erickson, an eighth-grader at Metcalf Middle School, is getting attention.

First, Hailey’s poster won the District 5 Lions Club Peace Poster contest. Then it won the regional multiple-district contest (which included Minnesota and Canadian areas) and earned cash prizes. Now it’s on the way to the Lions Club International competition in Chicago.

“I am very impressed with Hailey's work ethic and with her being so open to a challenge,” said Aimée Plueger, art teacher at Metcalf Middle School in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191. “She took the contest theme of ‘The Future of Peace’ and seamlessly blended ideas of peace in her artwork with images of the future, time and our world.”

Plueger said that Hailey's attention to detail in the artwork and her ability to create motifs is impressive for such a young artist.

Judges commented that Hailey’s artwork is unique, full of so much thought, deeper meanings and beautiful colors. One judge commented, “You have to study it to see all the concepts in it, you don’t see everything the first time you look at it.”

Hailey is a member of the after-school art club at Metcalf Middle School that Plueger advises. Art has always been an important part of her life, and always will be, said Hailey.   

She thought about various ideas for the poster, then sketched parts and pulled them together to create the finished product. She used her favorite mediums of acrylic, pastels and charcoal to create it.

One thing she loves about art is that people can look at the same piece of art and draw different interpretations and their own meaning from it.

Posted: Monday, January 22, 2018 - 11:05