Syracuse student nets scholarship with art

Apr 21 2010 - 10:52pm

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SYRACUSE -- In looking online to check his ACT score, Syracuse High School senior Taylor Everett ended up scoring a $2,500 scholarship he will use to attend Brigham Young University next fall.

"It will take care of my first semester and books," said the 18 year-old Everett, who intends to major in public health.

Everett received the $2,500 scholarship for placing second in the 2010 ACT High School Poster Contest.

ACT Inc. awarded three students with scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $1,000 for winning the poster contest, according to a news release issued by ACT Inc., in Iowa City, Iowa.

The winners were Everett, of Syracuse; first-place finisher Ashlee Schadler, of Bismark, N.D., who received a $5,000 scholarship; and Mackenzie Spicer, of Midlothian, Va., who received $1,000 for placing third.

While going online last December to check his ACT scores, Everett said, he noticed a link for the poster contest. Everett said he is no artist, but he does enjoy graphics and used those skills and a photo "that came by accident" to create the poster he submitted.

"My brother had gotten a new camera and the two of us were playing around with it and taking pictures of random objects all around the house," Everett said in a prepared statement. "When I went back to review the pictures, the one with the shoe really stood out to me."

Everett used the picture of the single shoe, the ACT logo and computer graphics to create his contest entry.

Everett said he was both surprised and excited that he won the scholarship.

He said his parents were also excited when they heard the news.

"It was a very nice surprise. We were very happy for Taylor," his mother Hideko Everett said. "(Taylor) was determined to go to BYU. That is the only place he wanted to go."

She said the family has two other children, one who attends BYU, another who attended BYU, so they are aware of the costs involved in attending the university.

Knowing her son's talents when it comes to creating posters and digital editing, when the family heard he had entered the contest, Hideko Everett said, she thought he had a pretty good chance of winning.

Updated 10:51 p.m.


Syracuse student wins scholarship in ACT School Poster Contest

SYRACUSE -- In looking on-line to check his ACT score, Syracuse High senior Taylor Everett ended up scoring a $2,500 scholarship he will use to attend Brigham Young University next fall.

"It will take care of my first semester and books," said the 18 year-old Everett, who intends on majoring in public health.

Everett received the $2,500 scholarship for placing second in the 2010 ACT High School Poster Contest

ACT Inc. awarded three students with scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $1,000 for winning the poster contest, according to a press release issued by ACT Inc., located in Iowa City, Iowa.

The winners were Everett of Syracuse, who placed second; first-place finisher Ashlee Schadler of Bismark, N.D., who received a $5,000 scholarship and Mackenzie Spicer of Midlothian, Va., who received $1,000 for placing third.

While going online last December to check his ACT scores, Everett said he noticed a contest link for the poster contest. Everett said he is no artist, but he does enjoy graphics and used those skills and a photo "that came by accident" to create the poster he submitted.

"My brother had gotten a new camera and the two of us were playing around with it and taking pictures of random objects all around the house," Everett said in a prepared statement. "When I went back to review the pictures, the one with the shoe really stood out to me."

Everett used the picture of the single shoe, the ACT logo and computer graphics to create his contest entry.

Everett said he was both surprised and excited that he won the scholarship. He said his parents were also excited when they heard the news.

"It was a very nice surprise. We were very happy for Taylor," his mother Hideko Everett said. "(Taylor) was determined to go to BYU. That is the only place he wanted to go."

She said the family has had two other children, one who attends BYU, another who attended BYU, and so they are aware of the costs it takes to attend the university.

Knowing the talents her son possesses when it comes to creating posters and digital editing, when they had heard news he had entered the contest, Hideko Everett said, she thought he had a pretty good chance of winning.

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