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Jackson goes 'hog wild' with winning sketch
By VAL GAUGHT
May 9, 2018, 14:46

A Crossett student won first place and best of show in the 2018 Wildlife of Arkansas Student Art Contest Awards.

Crossett homeschool student Reagan Jackson’s sketch “Hog Wild” won first place and best in show at the 2018 Wildlife of Arkansas Student Art Contest. (SUBMITTED/News Observer)
Approximately 1,000 students submitted artwork to the annual ‘Wildlife of Arkansas’ art competition, which showcases Arkansas’ wildlife diversity, and 11th grade home school student Raegan Jackson won first prize in her category with a sketch she named “Hog Wild.” Jackson is the daughter of Perry and Shelly Jackson of Crossett.

“It was something I had in the back of my sketchbook and when I saw the competition, I knew I wanted to use it,” Jackson said.

The Arkansas Wildlife Federation (AWF) and Creative Ideas joined together to host this competition. Their goal was to promote wildlife education and the arts.

The 2018 Wildlife of Arkansas student art winners were recognized at an awards ceremony May 4 at the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center in Little Rock.

Jackson said it was an honor to attend the banquet, and this was her first art award of this kind.

“I really didn’t expect to win, but it feels awesome,” Jackson said.

Now Jackson’s painting is on tour all over the state and will be featured in a series of art displays over the next few months.

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