Lower School students selected as finalists in national art exhibition

Braedon Miner, with his drawing of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In April, three of our Lower School students were honored in the 2016-2017 Empowering Students Through Creative Leadership Art Exhibition, which was sponsored by Crayola.


5th grader Braedon Miner was selected as one of 30 finalists in the competition. He drew a young Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and added the caption, “This little boy had a dream,” echoing the iconic speech by the civil rights leader. His artwork showed a true connection to the theme, had stunning visual appeal, presented age-appropriate critical thinking, and responded to the theme with originality. His artwork will be donated to the U.S. Department of Education to become part of the permanent collection of children’s art and will be on display in Washington, DC and the Department’s regional offices.

More than 2,500 entries were submitted by students around the country for the Expo. The artwork was judged based on these four criteria:
1. Connect artwork to the theme: “Creative Leadership”
2. Create with visual appeal.
3. Present age appropriate critical thinking.
4. Respond to theme with originality.

While the artwork selected for the U.S. Department of Education’s permanent collection had reached maximum capacity, the judges were so inspired by two Farragut students, 5th graders Karolina Kutova and Sophie Bourque, that they offered an opportunity for their art to be included in Crayola education resources.

Sophia Bourque, with her drawing of Rosa Parks

Karolina Kutova, with her drawing of Rosa Parks

All three students will receive $200 worth of Crayola products (retail value) and a plaque featuring a replica of their original artwork. We’re so proud of our Farragut artists!