Payton DuVall may only be in the 5th grade, but this year her artistic talent has received quite a few accolades.
Her design was chosen for the Loperchaun 5K Run T-shirt, before the event was cancelled due to social distancing. And now, she has been selected as the Grand Prize Winner of the SCUFFY Art Contest.
Fourth and fifth grade art students from across the county participated in this year’s SCUFFY Art Contest. Luckily, SCUFFY was able to gather the entries before schools and businesses shut down. A panel of three judges reviewed all of the artwork submitted and selected the top picks.
First place winners from each school in Shelby County received a $20.00 Chamber Check gift certificate and first, second and third place received ribbons. Those prizes were sponsored by five generous community donors who have an interest in the arts and youth: Boys and Girls Club, The Bicycle Shop, Brammer & Yeend, Girls Inc. and Shelby County Players.
Payton received her award and picked out her prize – a new bicycle from The Bicycle Shop – on Friday, April 24.
With Payton at celebrate her award were her parents, Missy DuVall and Joe DuVall and her sister Ella – as well as Loper Art Teacher Eric Sutton and his classroom assistant/mother Erika Vredeveld. SCUFFY’s new Executive Director Alecia Gross was also on hand to present the grand prize ribbon.
Payton’s mom said that Payton always gives 110% effort to assignments. “Drawing is something she really enjoys. She must have got her talent from her dad,” Missy DuVall joked.
Payton said she really enjoyed creating the SCUFFY Art. Some of the elements in her piece included a sprawled-out pig, a VW bug Meals on Wheels delivery car, and a purple ribbon representing the Cancer Association of Shelby County. She said she wanted to show how SCUFFY provides services throughout the county – not just in one location. And she explained that, “almost every farm has a pig somewhere in the mud.”
Gross said that she remembers participating in the SCUFFY Art Contest in elementary school. “My big accomplishment was coming in second place one year,” she said. “It is a great honor to be able to recognize talent such as Payton’s.”
“The Art Contest and Voice of SCUFFY contests are great ways to educate the youth in our community and help get them engaged in the mission of SCUFFY and its agencies,” Gross added.
The SCUFFY Art Contest is open to all Shelby County children in grades 4 and 5. from each school in the Shelbyville Central, Southwestern, Northwestern and Shelby Eastern school districts, as well as in the category of private schools/homeschools – giving great incentive for children, and schools, to participate.
Sutton said that his students spent about five weeks developing and executing their artwork. This year he decided to mix things up a bit by having the students build their entries from cut-out construction paper.
“I think they enjoyed the process of cutting and gluing and pasting together their art. They were able to choose any colors they wanted and really make it their own,” Sutton said.
As part of the project, Sutton discussed with his classes each of the SCUFFY agencies and the role they play in supporting our community. He then displayed the theme and agency logos and talked about the main idea for the poster.
SCUFFY’s 66th drive helps support its twelve member agencies: Boy Scouts, Boys Club, Cancer Association of Shelby County, Project Clothes for Kids, Girls Inc., Girl Scouts, Head Start, Meals on Wheels, The Salvation Army, Shelby Senior Services, Turning Point, and USO of Indiana.
Vredeveld said she helped take Sutton’s idea and simplify it for the students. The students learned about different types of bridges – walking, trestle and highway – and how to use colors to depict different settings.
The Bicycle Shop owner Tim McKinney helped Payton choose a bike to fit her properly. He said, “Donating the bike is a way to give something to the community. SCUFFY does so much for so many.” McKinney began donating a bike to the SCUFFY Art Contest winner in 1993. But the tradition has been in place for many years prior to that.
He said his former business partner Kevin McLeod had owned a Schwinn shop in downtown Shelbyville for many years. That store was donating bikes to the cause in the early 1980s. From there, the tradition has continued.
Payton’s father Joe DuVall said he tells both of his girls every day that he couldn’t be more proud of them – they are both amazing children. “I guess I need to get myself a bike now so we can enjoy some family bike rides,” he concluded.
Other county winners were:
Hendricks Fourth Grade: 1st Chloe Higdon, 2nd Conner Owens 3rd Reagan Dillon; Hendricks Fifth Grade 1st Brad Theobald, 2nd Andrew Owens, 3rd Bella Mounger
Loper 4th Grade: 1st Chloe Claxton, 2nd Ava Borchardt, 3rd Gracie Jacobs; Loper 5th Grade 1st DuVall, 2nd Chase Johnson, 3rd Emma Rios
Morristown 4th Grade: 1st Taylor Nicole Tragesser, 2nd Chloe Longwell, 3rd Landen Rinzel; Morristown 5th Grade: 1st Eli Joseph Graves, 2nd No entry, 3rd No entry
St. Joseph 4th Grade: 1st Myriam Leon-Cruz, 2nd Macey Robbins, 3rd I-ris Diaz; St. Joseph 5th Grade:1st Maddie Huntsman, 2nd Molly Johnson, 3rd Taylor Abell
Southwestern Elementary 4th Grade: 1st Hayden Billerman, 2nd Mallory McInerny, 3rd Haley Hansford; Southwestern Elementary 5th Grade: 1st Emma Bonebrake, 2ndAutumn Collins, 3rd Kelsey Stringer
Triton Elementary 4th Grade: 1stMadison Swisher, 2nd Bryan Aukerman, 3rd Bronwen Craft; Triton Middle School 5th Grade: no entries
Waldron 4th Grade: 1s tMacy Larrison, 2nd Abigail Lockridge, 3rd Maritza Cardemas; Waldron 5th Grade: 1st Jazmyne Schultz, 2nd Brooklyn Milbourn, 3rd Avery Haehl
Coulston 4th Grade: 1st Julie Garrison, 2nd Brigid McKenney, 3rd Donna Mariscal; Coulston 5th Grade: 1st Megan Harpring, 2nd Erica Viderique-Carreto, 3rd Harika Patel
All of the winning artwork will be featured on SCUFFY’s website (www.scuffy.org) and via social media (Facebook: Shelby County United Fund; Twitter and Instagram @scuffy3).