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Sofia Trevino, second-grader at Bonham Elementary, was chosen as a finalist in the National Crayola Empowering Students Through Creative Leadership Art Exhibition Competition.

Out of 2,000 nationwide entries, only 30 students were chosen as finalists.

Trevino’s art piece was inspired by her story. Drawing from her passion for the arts, she portrayed her various interests in creative expression.

“I love to draw. My whole family likes to draw. I also like to do art, gymnastics, ballet, running, singing, and dancing.”

As part of the national recognition, Trevino was awarded a vast collection of Crayola products.

“I feel really happy and excited because I hardly have any of that stuff,” she said speaking.

Her teacher, Sylvia Cruz, who previously taught Trevino’s brother and mother, immediately recognized a resemblance in skills.

“Everything she does just amazes you,” Cruz said. “Sofia has gone above and beyond what you would see in art at her age. We are very proud of her because she’s placed with PTA Reflections three years in a row and she’s gotten second place at state. She is so detailed and isn’t satisfied with just the minimum. Any assignment that I give her, she goes to the extreme. Her mom was exactly like that and her brother was also artistically inclined.”

On September 26, Trevino’s artwork will be officially presented to the United States Department of Education in Washington, D.C., at a ceremony honoring all finalists.

The work submitted by the finalists becomes part of the Department of Education’s permanent collection of children’s artwork and remains on display in Washington, D.C. Finalists also receive $200 worth of Crayola products and a plaque featuring a replica of their original artwork.

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