TROY — Allowing her imagination to “run free” paid off for Cookson Elementary School fifth grader Hayden Taylor, who was recently announced as one of the winners of a Dayton-area art contest.
The Miami Valley-wide event, put on by Family Services of Dayton, was based on the theme, “What Makes My Family Special.”
“I did a picture of my family and I dancing in the yard,” 10-year-old Hayden said. “I chose that because my family is always really silly and always makes me laugh. We have a great time together.”
“Every year, they have a different theme,” said Elaine Creeger, teacher at Cookson Elementary. “I told the students to think about their families and what made them stand out. I told them to pinpoint things they enjoyed doing together, even if it’s something very simple.”
There were more than 600 entries submitted from schools throughout the Miami Valley. Twenty-one winners were chosen, and Hayden was Troy’s only winning entrant.
“We submitted the entries and had to wait about two weeks,” Creeger explained. “I got a call that Hayden won, and that we could contact her family and let them know.”
“I felt really good,” Hayden said about winning the award. “My family was really happy that I won, and were very excited for me.
“I like art a lot. My favorite part is just letting my imagination run free in my drawings.”
Hayden, along with her family and Creeger, will attend an awards banquet on Saturday, Nov. 18, which will feature a breakfast, entertainment, and a visit from the mayor of Dayton.
“Hayden’s a very free spirit and her artwork shows that about her,” Creeger said. “She’s the only student I had who drew something silly and fun within the theme.”
Hayden resides in Troy with her mom, stepdad, 4-year-old brother, and their two dogs and two cats. She sings with the Cookson Choir, and aspires to one day be a basketball player.
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