It’s only the third time a Peru High School student has won the award, he said. The last time was four years ago.
At nationals, the drawing went up against over 250,000 pieces of art and writing in categories like painting, sculpture, poetry, photography and journalism.
Out of all of those, only around 1,800 pieces were chosen for an award.
“Those numbers just show how rare of an honor this is,” Applegate said. “I’d say Kaylee’s piece is now considered one of the best 100 drawings in the country.”
Anderson said she plans to attend an awards ceremony with her parents on June 6 in New York City at Carnegie Hall.
“That’s really awesome,” Applegate said. “I’ve been to New York and I haven’t even been to Carnegie Hall.”
Anderson said she’s been drawing ever since she was a kid, and it’s kind of a family affair. Her older sister is currently attending Indiana University Kokomo to study art.
“My whole family likes to draw,” she said. “I have a whole sketch book at home that just has drawings and doodles in it.”
Anderson said she plans on taking lots of art classes next year, when she’s a senior. After that, she said she’d like to head to the Art Institute of Indianapolis to major in fashion design.
“I would love to do something with art, but I’m going for fashion design,” she said. “I love clothing. I like to think of new styles that could become popular, and it’s fun to express yourself through the texture and fabric.”
Whatever Anderson decides to do, Applegate said she’ll go far.
“She’s going to succeed,” he said. “Whatever she tries to do, she’ll do great.”
He said it’s Anderson’s raw talent that won her the award, but it helps that the school is a big advocate for the arts.
“None of this would have been possible without this administration,” he said. “They’ve been so supportive.”
Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @carsongerber1.