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St. Thomas Moore’s inspired artwork is finalist in state art contest

March 13, 2013

The Daily Advertiser

Senior at St. Thomas More High School is celebrated by her class when she becomes a finalist.

Kalli Padget, 17, and a junior at St. Thomas More High School, needed an idea for her advanced placement art class, and her teacher was encouraging her to submit something for the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts 4th Annual Art Contest.

Padgett’s AP art teacher, Angela Riehl, said her recognition has inspired the entire class, who all screamed and cheered when the school announced that Padgett was a finalist. Riehl said AP art students produce portfolios and must create 24 pieces in a school, and many of them plan to pursue art in college.

Padgett said she surprised herself when she started taking art classes her freshman year, but now couldn’t imagine her life without the arts in them. “I just went with it and discovered I had a little bit of talent,” she said. “I would definitely love to pursue this further.”

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