Student Wins National Art Contest

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Greg Bartusch won an MP3 player in Achieve3000's art contest.

Drawing is just something Greg Bartusch does to "pass the time," yet his growing skills with a pencil and a sketch-pad have earned him kudos.

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Greg Bartusch is a 10th grade student at Payson Education Center interested in the Trojan and Viking civilizations and wars.

"Art is in my blood," said the young man whose current plan is to enter the Marine Corps rather than art school when he graduates in two more years.

Soon, Bartusch will be loading tunes from bands ICP, Blaze and Dark Lotus on his new MP3 player courtesy of the art contest win.

The film "Dragon Wars." inspired Bartusch's initial sketch.

"I was bored so I drew the dragon," he said.

When Carol Moore, Payson Education Center principal, told him about the art contest sponsored by Achieve3000 he added more details.

Bartusch told her, "Alright, I'll try it."

The sophomore takes social studies via www.achieve3000.com, an Internet course, to improve his reading and writing skills.

"At first, Greg thought what is the use of my entering," PEC business teacher Gary Hampsch said.

"He doesn't show much emotion, but he was elated when he won. It is a nation-wide award," Hampsch added.

A cartoon character Bartusch drew held up the world on the cover of the 2006-2007 Payson Education Center yearbook.

"He will probably do the yearbook cover this year as well," Hampsch said.

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