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Artsy Annunciation 6-year-old wins AAA Hoosier Motor Club competition

Thursday, February 27, 2003

Deaven McCrocklin, age 6, a kindergartener at Annunciation, recently won the elementary level AAA Hoosier Motor Club traffic safety poster contest. The slogan of her poster was "Be Seen after Dark." Her design has advanced to the national competition in Florida.

Like other kindergarteners, Deaven McCrocklin likes to cut, paste and draw. What sets her apart from her counterparts is that she recently won an art contest.

The creative 6-year-old Annunciation student recently won the state-wide safety competition sponsored annually by the AAA Hoosier Motor Club. Students were given the option to create posters illustrating either the slogan "Be Seen after Dark" or "Buckle Down and Buckle Up." She jumped at the chance to choose the nighttime theme and won the elementary category. Her prize-winning poster will advance to the national competition to be held in Florida. The motor club judges also selected winners in intermediate and senior high categories. State winners were announced Feb. 7.

"I like art," Deaven said, smiling outside her classroom, adding "I like to color the best."

The blonde little girl quickly came up with a mental image which she then applied to black paper, representing night time. With a neon moon at the top of the page and a car coming towards a little girl made from pink, orange and green construction paper, her safety message to others is to wear bright colors so that they can be seen easier by others at night.

"You need to wear colorful clothes at night because you don't want to get hit by a car," she said.

Deaven and her school both received checks for $25 as a prize for winning at the elementary level.

Principal Barbara Black said she was proud to have a student in her school win the state competition.

"We're kind of excited to have someone from our school, especially a kindergartener, win the contest," Black said, adding the school's $25 portion will go to a fund they're raising to purchase playground equipment. "Deaven's safety poster goes along with the playground idea because of the safety we have to consider when getting the equipment," said Black.

The daughter of Susie and Gary McCrocklin, 4501 N. Murphy Road, Deaven has a 2-year-old brother named Chase. Most of her fellow Annunciation peers also entered posters in the contest. The students completed their poster project at home.

"She loves to color and cut things out," Susie McCrocklin said, adding the family's refrigerator is covered with Deaven's creations. "She does artsy and crafty things all the time."

Aside from art, Deaven has a love for horses. She hopes to save her $25 prize to go towards helping her parents eventually buy her a female horse, which she's already named Rain. She takes pride in winning the contest.

"I felt good," she said.

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