Art scholarship helps pave way for high school student’s college plan

Kendra Reimert won first place in the rural category of the Calgary Stampede youth art competition. | Barbara Duckworth photo

Kendra Reimert always thought of art as a pleasant pastime, but her work shows she is more than a hobbyist.

The Bowden Grandview High School student was this year’s first place winner with a coloured pencil drawing entered in the Calgary Stampede youth art competition. She won a $1,000 scholarship in the rural category for her drawing of cowboy boots from a photo her cousin shot at the Stampede last summer.

She completed the work in December and decided to enter it with encouragement from her high school art teacher. She has had limited art experience, and this was the first time she had entered a contest.

“I needed an option class at school so I took art,” she said.

She makes jewelry and hopes to turn that interest into a business once she completes a commerce degree at Red Deer College.

Reimert was raised on a dairy farm near Bowden owned by her parents, Paul and Carol, and graduated from Grade 12. She starts college in the fall.

Second place went to Tyler Fedoroshyn of Springbank Community School in Springbank, Alta., and third place was Alex Ivon of the Alberta High School of Fine Arts in Okotoks, Alta.

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