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North Central student submits winning art in Meemic contest

From left, Austin Bugalski and his North Central High School art teacher Emily Westphal were presented with prizes in the Meemic Masterpiece Art Contest by Meemic insurance agent JJ Johnson-Reeves of the Don Johnson Agency of Escanaba.
Austin Bugalski’s winning artwork was created with sharpie marker.

POWERS — North Central High School freshman Austin Bugalski was the only Upper Peninsula winner in the annual Meemic Masterpiece Art Contest.

Each year, Meemic Insurance invites K-12 students to submit an original piece of artwork using a theme for inspiration. For this year, the themes were seasons, school memory or selfie. Bugalski chose school memory.

The committee of judges selected 50 winners from 1,500 entries submitted from students in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia. Each winning student artist received a Lenovo Chromebook computer, and the sponsoring Meemic Foundation Club member — in this case, art teacher Emily Westphal — was awarded $300 to use exclusively online at Office Depot. Westphal plans to use the funds to purchase supplies for her art classes at North Central Junior/High School.

The winning art will be professionally framed, with a plate featuring the student’s name, school name and grade. The artwork will be on permanent display at the headquarters of Meemic Insurance in Auburn Hills,.

An Art Gallery Open House will take place June 21 to unveil the display. This contest was conducted by The Meemic Foundation for the Future of Education, a 501(c)(3) non-profit company started in 1992 by the Meemic Insurance Company.

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