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Class Act: Art competition

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Different types of competition call for different types of talents. For one Middle School artist, her gift of creativity brings new meaning to world peace. In this week's Class Act, Beartooth NBC's Drew Steele talks with Hailey Henrickson about her competitive artwork.

Putting true meaning behind a talent that you do well is what separates the average idea from a visually creative one.

"It just kinda came to me. I just get a lot of ideas in my head and I put things together and I'll take scraps and pieces and I'll think about it. And then I do some rough drafts and then I'll start with the big stuff,"says Hailey Henrickson.  

Helena Middle School seventh grader Hailey Henrickson's ability to tell a story through her artwork is part of the reason why she's captured the attention of so many people, including the International Peace Poster Contest.
     
"It shows the children and they are learning about peace because  if we want peace we have to start with our children cause when they grow older they're gonna take care of the world. And I put the dove guiding over the world and then its tail coming down into a pathway. I drew the flags around it and stuff. My title was We Are the Pathway to Peace,"says Hailey.

Young artists from 100 different countries submitted their best artwork and judges sorted through thousands of drawings to find the top 24 kids in the world. Helena Middle School art teacher Victor Daniel says "Hailey, she happened to win here at the school went on to win at several other levels and became an international finalist."

 Having the maturity, at such a young age, to address a serious issue in a way that everyone understands takes a special talent.
 
"We always have a path that we're on and we need to decide which one is better." Hailey told us. 
 
And it's that talent that makes Hailey Henrickson of Helena Middle School a Class Act. The Helena Lions Club put on the art competition that included several local schools.

Story by Drew Steele, Beartooth NBC.
Sponsored by Sylvan Learning Center of Helena.
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Picture submitted by Hailey Hendrickson in the International Peace Poster Contest.

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