"We were supposed to draw people, but I can't draw people very well," Galloway said. "So I looked around my room at the (stuffed) animals I had and drew frogs, tigers and bears instead."
The art project is somewhat of a kaleidoscope effect.
"(My teacher) gave us a triangle, and we had to draw half of an animal or person," Galloway explained. "We cut out the triangle, and she photocopied them. I traced the pattern and laid out the drawing.
"The project took about two-three weeks to finish, and I spent time during homeroom on it too," Galloway said. "There are puzzle pieces in between all the animals, and I had to color each one a different color by hand."
Galloway is the first NCMS student artist whose work has been purchased for the school's art collection, after retired history teacher Stephen Pfrank established the North Clay Art Collection Endowment. The fund is held and administrated by the Wabash Valley Community Foundation.
"I'd seen it done in other schools," Pfrank said. "Some schools purchasing the student art was part of the school's budget every year. While I worked at (NCMS), I never really liked our bare walls."
In wanting to see students take ownership of their school, Pfrank decided two students would receive the honor per school year for "exceptional artwork."
Every semester, Pfrank will have a committee of three judges select a student's artwork to have matted, framed and displayed down the NCMS hallways.
"Steve has made it his mission to recognize artistic students," NCMS art teacher Brett Haviland said. "Kaytlin wasn't just chosen because of her artwork, but also for her leadership skills. Everything she's done for the last two years has been good work."
Galloway now has the opportunity to take her essay to compete in the district, state and national levels.
Meanwhile, this year's judges for the art collection competition included both NCMS art teachers Diane Hines and Haviland.
"We choose Kaytlin's artwork because of its craftsmanship, detail, design and effort," Hines said.
From now on, both art teachers will nominate student work, and a committee from outside the school will determine the selected piece.
"I am happy I won this year," Galloway said, "and I'm glad everyone got to see it."
Donations may be sent to the foundation at 2901 Ohio Boulevard, Suite 153, Terre Haute, 47803, with "NCMS Art Fund" on the memorandum line.