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FIS student’s art for the stars
Picture winner garners $100 prize for self, $1,000 for FIS

Actress Jane Seymour, of TV’s “Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman” fame, poses with first-prize winner Andrew Steuer, a student at Farragut Intermediate School, at Proffitt’s department store in West Town Mall Friday, Oct. 3.- Dan Barile/farragutpress
Known for his “pretty complex” sketches, a Farragut Intermediate School fifth-grade artist beat out 7,000 competitors county wide – and got to meet a movie star.

Andy Steuer, 11, won the Proffitt’s Jane Seymour St. Catherine’s Court Art Contest as announced Sept. 30 with a drawing of a castle with color pencils and chalk.

While earning the FIS art department a $1,000 gift, Andy also won a $100 Proffitt’s gift card and an autographed copy of actress Jane Seymour’s children’s book, “Splat! The Tale of a Colorful Cat.”

In addition, Andy and his mother and father, Carmen and Joe Steuer, got to meet Seymour and her movie producer husband, James Keach, Friday afternoon in Proffitt’s “Green Room” at West Town Mall.

“Andy really enjoyed talking to her,” Carmen Steuer said of the 10-minute visit. “He described her as being ‘very nice and very beautiful.’ She’s a very nice lady, it went very well. It was a lot of fun.”

According to his mother, Andy’s winning drawing will be replicated on greeting cards that Proffitt’s will begin selling at all 10 Proffitt’s stores in the Knoxville-Chattanooga area “either this December or next December (2004),” Carmen Steuer said. “The profits go back to the schools.

“I’m extremely proud of him,” she added. “He’s always liked to draw as a child.”

Christy Davis, Andy’s art teacher at FIS, has noticed something special. “They do sketch assignments in class all the time – they have a sketch book they keep up with – and he’s extremely talented,” Davis said. “His sketches are usually pretty complex.”

Andy is also a talented swimmer who won three events at the 30th Annual Smoky Mountain Invitational meet last summer. His winning times in the 25-yard butterfly and backstroke, and 100-yard individual medley came while swimming for the Green Meadow Country Club team

of the Greater Knoxville

Area Interclub Swimming Association.

The drawings of Andy and Jenna Mills, a fourth-grader at FIS who earned honorable mention honors for her entry, are among those on display at Proffitt’s in West Town Mall.

Ten of the 64 finalists in grades 3 through 5 were FIS students, while A.L. Lotts Elementary and Rocky Hill Elementary were also well represented.

The second-place award went to Mallory Jones of Rocky Hill, while Sadie Yinger of A.L. Lotts took third-place. Nicole Jansen of Rocky Hill was an honorable mention choice.

The other eight FIS finalists included fifth-graders Lucia Board, Tanya Smith, Amy Scheuer, Bethany Badeaux and Julia Dmowska. FIS fourth-grade finalists were Amelia Dmowska, Caroline Crawford and Hannah Chapman.

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