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Art student headed to state in Reflections contest

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Art student headed to state in Reflections contest

Syanne Johnson, a sophomore at BHS, won district at this year's Reflections contest. Her artwork is now headed to the state competition.

Syanne Johnson, a sophomore at BHS, won district at this year's Reflections contest. Her artwork is now headed to the state competition.

Rae Taylor

Syanne Johnson, a sophomore at BHS, won district at this year's Reflections contest. Her artwork is now headed to the state competition.

Rae Taylor

Rae Taylor

Syanne Johnson, a sophomore at BHS, won district at this year's Reflections contest. Her artwork is now headed to the state competition.

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Syanne Johnson isn’t so concerned with being recognized for her art as she is in just creating it.

The Braswell sophomore has been drawing since seventh grade and always found passion in it. Although she doesn’t crave attention, it has arrived in the form of a district win in the PTA Reflections contest.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Johnson said. “I didn’t really have a reaction … I just was excited.”

She spent eight hours on her Reflections piece, finding inspiration for her drawing in a photograph she spied when browsing online. The theme for this year’s contest was “What is Your Story?”

“A picture I saw a few years ago accurately depicted how I felt about art,” Johnson said.” The piece is very bright, colorful, intimate”

From here, Johnson’s artwork is headed to state. She doesn’t think she’ll win — “I’m good, but not that good,” she said — but others have faith in Johnson’s abilities.

“It is extremely difficult to place at state competition, but with this girl, it seems possible,” fellow art student Payton Harrington said.

Johnson was the only art student from Braswell to win at district. Her family — particularly her mother — has been supportive of her desire to create art since Johnson was a child.

“I was the first person in my family to be so into art,” she said.

While she awaits the state results, Johnson remains focused on her passion: simply creating stunning art pieces.

“It is a way I can express myself on paper,” she said.

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