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Young artist places in state competition

Thursday, December 14, 2006

MYRTLE -- A Couch Elementary sixth grader has accomplished what no other Couch student has done before.

Austin Garrison received third place in his grade category in the state in the International Reading Association Reading Poster Contest.

Garrison is in Rachel Young's class at the school and his art instructor is Cindy Johnson.

Johnson said the purpose of the contest is to promote reading.

"My poster was about a dog, a cat and a mouse," Garrison said.

"The dog was reading a book about how to catch a cat. The cat was reading a book about how to catch a mouse and the mouse was reading a book about how to get out of a mouse trap. His tail was stuck in the mouse trap," the sixth grader said.

Johnson said Garrison is one of the best art students she has at the school.

"Austin has art in my class once a week. Sometimes he is the last to finish his project because he pays so much attention to detail. He is a perfectionist when it comes to art. He wants it to be just right," Johnson said,

Garrison said he enjoys art a lot.

"I have been drawing a long time. My mom buys me sketchbooks and I draw at home," he said.

Garrison said he has won some awards for his artwork including first place five times at the art contest at Myrtle Yester Daze activities.

Couch fourth grade teacher Rhonda Robinson said students compete first on the school level. "Three posters from each grade level (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12) are selected. They are entered in the district competition that consists of 15 area schools. The district contest is sponsored by the South Central Ozarks Council of Governments," Robinson said. She said winning the district competition is how Garrison's poster was entered in the state competition.

The state competition was judged Nov. 16-18 at Lake of the Ozarks.

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