Manzanita student earns highest honor at education festival
Zach Hammond could not recall what he entered last year in the Mohave Education Festival.
The sixth-grader at Manzanita Elementary School should have no trouble remembering this year's festival as he earned three purple ribbons, the highest honor, from judges for superior work.
One of Zach's works is a pencil drawing of an old shack, formerly a feed store, in Dalhart, Texas.
He used drawmathics, a combination of drawing and mathematics taught by Al Snyder to his pupils, who in turn show other pupils in the Kingman Unified School District how to do it.
The drawing took about one hour for Zach to complete.
Snyder tells us of stuff he used to do," Zach said.
"He travels a lot, takes pictures of things and learns the history behind (the picture)."
The depictions of a lighthouse in Maine against the setting sun setting and a grist mill are Zach's other purple-ribbon winners.
The lighthouse also took about one hour, the grist mill two.
"The grist mill was the hardest to do," he said.
"You have to color it in, make the lines straight, and shade it correctly.
"The drawing from Dalhart was the most fun to do.
It looks cool and was the first big drawing I've done."
Snyder so inspired him that he believed all of his works were good enough to take purple ribbons, Zach said.
On Wednesday, the day before the festival opened, he found out he was right.
More than 10,000 entries from pupils at 49 schools in the county are entered and on display.
Other ribbons awarded are blue for excellent work, red for very good work, white for good work, and green for participation.
The festival will be open from 10 a.m.
to 9 p.m.
today and Saturday, and from noon to 3 p.m.