Local teen's art celebrated

Kayleigh Semeniuk
Kayleigh Semeniuk's drawing, Lost in a Senator's Thoughts, recently finished in the top 10 out of thousands that were entered into a contest by Celebrating Art.
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When Grade 12 student Kayleigh Semeniuk began drawing Padme Amidala, she didn't expect it would be anything more than a gift to a friend.

But her piece of art, titled Lost in a Senator's Thoughts, was recently recognized as one of the 10 best out of thousands of entries in a competition by Celebrating Art.

"I wasn't expecting to win at all," said Semeniuk.

The home schooled student said she has entered Celebrating Art contests before, but this is her first top 10 finish.

The contest was created to offer a creative outlet for students whose art might otherwise not be noticed.

"Too often the efforts of young artists are unrecognized and they lose their motivation to express themselves," stated a Celebrating Art release.

Since 2010 the contest has awarded over $20,000 to students and teachers.

Semeniuk's reward for finishing in the top 10 is a $25 cheque and a complimentary copy of the anthology that her work will be published in.

Semeniuk said being published is the best part of the reward.

If it weren't for a friend of Semeniuk's, she likely would have never drew Lost in a Senator's Thoughts.

Earlier in the year, her friend requested Semeniuk compose a drawing of Padme Amidala.

"The funny part is, it's no longer in my possession; my friend has the drawing and it's a winner," said Semeniuk.

"I was like: You better hang on to that."

The Celebrating Art contest is free for students from kindergarten to Grade 12 to enter. The winners' art is posted on

Semeniuk, who plans to attend the Centre for Arts and Technology after graduating, said she has already entered the Celebrating Art fall competition with a drawing of Ironman.


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