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April 29, 2013

Fifth-grader put colored pencils to paper, took home a scholarship

By Elizabeth Scussel
C & G Staff Writer

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Lukas Speagle holds his winning drawing, which is featured on tables at participating Max and Erma’s restaurants.

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Ebeling Elementary School student Lukas Speagle was recently chosen as the first-place winner of a drawing contest, which resulted in him collecting a $1,000 scholarship.

The contest was a kick-off event for the annual Maximize Their Futures campaign, a Boys and Girls Club partnership with Max and Erma’s restaurant. The campaign is expected to raise $40,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

Speagle, 11, of Macomb Township, is an aspiring artist and devout member of the Boys and Girls Club.

“I’m so proud of him,” said his mom, Keri Speagle. “He has always been very creative and artsy, but when he came to the club three years ago, he learned many different techniques.”

The Vic and Lucille Wertz Boys and Girls Club in Shelby Township offers services and support for hundreds of children each day. The club offers development programs in art, health and life skills, and sports and recreation.

Lukas Speagle found out about the contest from a fellow artist and friend. He was immediately thrilled at the idea of entering the contest, but it was the news that he had won that really got him excited.

“When they said I had won, I started happy-dancing around,” he said. “My mom didn’t believe me when I told her I had won $1,000. She kept saying, ‘No you didn’t. No you didn’t.’”

Well, he did win, and along with the scholarship, Lukas Speagle’s winning artwork is currently on display at the restaurant chain’s participating locations throughout Michigan.

The young artist said he finds his artistic inspiration in everything around him. Boys and Girls Club art teacher Donna Szyszkowski said she couldn’t agree more.

“He’s very attentive to details — he’s always looking around at everything — (and) he’s very creative. He sees things he wants to do, and he just does it,” Szyszkowski said. “It’s fantastic to see nothing become something, and he has really grown as an artist.”

For more information on the Vic and Lucille Wertz Boys and Girls Club, visit www.bgcsm.org/ClubSite/WertzClub.aspx.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Elizabeth Scussel at escussel@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1037.