Cassville student wins 1st place in art contest

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Sophomore Jena Hilburn works on a cardboard sculpture she created for Leslie Ermey's art class. Hilburn will be taking the tiger, as well as several other pieces, to the Big 8 Art Conference April 24 at Mt. Vernon High School. Kayla Monahan/reporter@cassville-democrat.com

Hilburn heading to Big 8 Art Conference on April 24

Jena Hilburn, a sophomore at Cassville High School, recently won first place in the Shell Knob Ladies Auxiliary Patriotic Art Contest.

Hilburn won a $100 cash prize, and her piece will be taken to the State Ladies Auxiliary contest, and then to nationals.

"I'm so excited," Hilburn said. "I thought I did a good job, but I'm very surprised."

Hilburn drew a color pencil drawing of soldiers in Iraq. She said she gave each one a tattoo with a significant meaning, such as a flag or a cross.

"She has an innate ability to come up with ideas on her own," said Leslie Ermey, Cassville High School art teacher. "To see this type of talent as a sophomore is impressive. I hope she continues on."

HIlburn said she likes all types of fine arts. She paints and draws, is a member of show choir, is learning guitar and especially likes baking.

"I watched a lot of Cake Boss, and it looked fun," Hilburn said.

Hilburn said she likes baking and the show inspired her to try decorating the cakes, too. It allows her to combine two of her favorite skills.

Art runs in the family, and Hilburn does many projects with her mother.

"I get my talent from her," Hilburn said. "She's very artistic. It's fun to work on a project with her, but then we critique each other to get better."

Hilburn said she wants to do something with art in the future, but she has not yet decided what that will be. Next year, she is taking drawing and ceramics class, and she wants to focus on making her drawings look more realistic.

"Art allows me to do my own thing, and it shows my personality," she said.

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