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Dudley and girls win coloring contest

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
Feb. 22, 2014 at 5:02 p.m.
Updated Feb. 21, 2014 at 8:22 p.m.

Genesis Gonzalez, 8, drew a Western themes picture to win the first- through third-grade category in the Victoria Livestock Show coloring contest.

Genesis Gonzales, 8, loves to "draw and make stuff."

Her passion for art prompted the third-grade O'Connor Elementary student to enter the 2014 Livestock Show Coloring Contest.

Her ability to draw and color well, led her to win first place.

"I came up with the idea all by myself. I watch a lot of Western movies with my family. And I actually thought of Woody from 'Toy Story'" ... when I was thinking of a concept, said Genesis, mentioning her winning entry that includes the phrase, "Howdy partner."

The contest's theme was "Cowboy Boots and Country Roots" - the same these as the livestock show.

Genesis plans to continue learning art, and hopefully turn in another win next year.

Dudley Elementary fourth-grader Aleah White also won first place for her age group in the coloring contest.

Entering in the fourth and fifth grade category, Aleah, 9, said she was thrilled to learn she was taking home first place for her Texas-themed drawing.

"I was thinking about cowboy boots and rodeos and Texas flags, and country ideas," said Aleah, explaining her drawing. "I like to see things in front of me and then draw them."

Aleah, who was formerly a member of the Manhattan Art Club, said she attempted to use the skills she acquired at the club to incorporate color and mixed expression.

Aleah said she was excited her skills paid off this year.

"I've always liked the livestock show and I thought I should try out the coloring contest," she said. "I really like art."

Both of the girls are first time winners.

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