Casey girl wins MLK visual art contest
Abby Hood¿s award-winning painting includes an original quote by her, which reads, ¿Rising above judgment, coming together as one.¿ (January 22, 2013)
Abby Hood, 13, won first place in the middle school category of the statewide contest.
The ceremony took place at the Kentucky Historical Society’s Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History.
The contest theme was “Moving Beyond the Dream to Brighten the Future.”
According to the official contest criteria, the theme encouraged students to promote their vision of how they can bring about change in their community and the world at large.
Abby’s painting features two hands coming together in front of a peace sign and was created using crayons and paint.
The painting also includes an original quote by Hood, which reads, “Rising above judgment, coming together as one.”
Her mother Angel Stephens, who teaches English at Casey County High School, said the quote shows what a big heart her daughter has.
“That’s just Abby. Abby loves everybody ... in Abby’s eyes there is no difference.”
Her art teacher Tara Farmer submitted Abby’s work just in time for the contest; she mailed the painting in overnight, just before it was due.
Luckily, the judges saw it on time, and the painting made an impression on them worthy of first place.
“It was a great opportunity,” Abby said. She said it was a wonderful experience to be recognized and selected as first place out of all the middle school submissions in Kentucky.
Stephens said, “As a proud parent, I am thrilled to witness the growth in my child’s character and in her awareness of diversity. As a teacher, I have witnessed firsthand how important it is to go the extra mile to include our students in competitive opportunities such as this ...”
Abby’s big heart extends even further than the recent competition, though. She also has created a Facebook page, Prayers for Noah, for her friend who was recently diagnosed with cancer.
She also is making T-shirts to help her friend, and the initiative was all her own.
Stephens said of her daughter’s will to help others, “She really thinks it’s all just ordinary, and I think that’s what makes her extraordinary!”