Litchfield Elementary Art Students Win $5,000!
In a national competition open to anyone in Kindergarten through eighth grade, five Litchfield students
found themselves the winners of $1,000! The Draw Your Dreams competition asks students to draw what
they want to be when they grow up. “Thinking about what you want to be when you grow up is well worth
our time. Visualizing and dreaming about the future helps students focus on how to get where they want
to be and to try their best now.” said Varah the Litchfield Art Teacher.
The Nebraska State Treasure, John Murante states “the Draw Your Dreams Scholarship Contest instills an
important lesson in young scholars: if you can dream it, you can achieve it.” The $1,000 goes into a NEST
529 College Savings account that can be used for education post high school. This is the ninth year of the
competition which is advertised around the nation for any aspiring artist and future focused savers.
This National Competition is put on by First National Bank in Omaha and the winning entries are made into
a calendar. Their submissions will be on display at the Nebraska State Capitol from September 23–27,
Litchfield students were:
2 nd grade students: - Aubri Corbin & Troy Mack Sekutera,
3rd grade students: - Hailey Zentz & Kinzlie McAuliff
4 th grade student:
- Alexis Lucas.
Aubri Corbin 2 nd grade, daughter of Tony and Steph Corbin: “I drew myself as a vet because I love animals
and because they’re so furry and cute. I was proud of myself it made me feel like I could do it, never give
up, keep trying. I like sketching at home.” the seven-year-old states that she has been drawing since she
Troy Mack Sekutera 2 nd grade, son of Mariah Sekutera and Justin Mack states: “I drew myself as an astro-
naut because I want to go into space because there are cool different planets. I like reading about space
and about NASA.”
Hailey Zentz 3 rd grade, daughter of James and Stacey Zentz: “I drew myself as a cowgirl because I like hors-
es and I want to chase after cattle and I like being outdoors.” When she found out she won the contest she
said “I felt happy, I told my sisters that I won and I ran around the house.”
Kinzlie McAuliff 3 rd grade, daughter of Steve and Danielle McAuliff: “I drew myself as a vet because I like
animals.” She stated “I saw other people win and I thought someday I’m going to win so I worked my hard-
est and it happened.”
Alexis Lucas 5 th grade, daughter of Colby and Jessica Blair: “I drew myself as a mechanic because when I
was little I helped my Dad in his shop and I realized I was really good at it. When I found out I was very ex-
cited and surprised, it showed me I was better at art than I thought I was.”