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FROM READERS: Sixth-grader wins national art contest

By Vanessa Martin/Missourian Reader
January 11, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CST
Preston Martin's splatter painting on an old window won a Scholastic Book Club contest.

Vanessa Martin, a proud mother, shared this story about her son.

My son, Preston Martin, won a contest through Scholastic Book Club with his splatter painting on an old window. He was one of ten out of the U.S. to win. Preston is 11 and in the sixth grade.


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He not only won a few prizes for himself, but he won his school (Gentry Middle School) every item out of the October Scholastic book fliers, which totals around $1,200 for his school.

As a parent, I’m obviously very, very proud of him and impressed with his talent. He is a lover of Jackson Pollock’s work and that is where he finds part of his inspiration.

He and his paintings make the world a little more brighter. And messier.

I wanted to contribute my story because so many kids are scared to try new things or go outside of their comfort zone, and I want them to know that trying new things opens up so many doors for them. They may not win or they may win big! But just trying something different will help them to keep an open mind in all aspects of life. I've always told Preston that he can do anything in the world. I firmly believe that he can and he will. He has no limits because of this. The world truly is his oyster.

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.