Aaron Waters, 12, entered the ‘Scholastic Art & Writing Awards’ competition earlier this school year. This competition is the nation’s longest running, most prestigious recognition program for young creative teens. Waters placed within the top 1% of all 260,000 submissions from across the country, making him a 2022 Scholastic Awards National Winner. This accomplishment is only a few can claim, and something he never would have guessed he would win. “It feels really great, I wasn’t expecting this at all,” Waters said. For many people, art is more than just a hobby, it is a way to express themselves on a deeper level. “It really helps me bring out ideas from my head into reality. I want to create the same kind of art that hooked me as a kid,” Waters said. His extraordinary ability is noticed by everyone, especially his art teacher. “He is very humble and as you know very talented. I am proud to say he was a finalist in this national competition,” Mrs. Kathleen Tracey said. Waters plans to continue his art career after high school at Savannah College of Art and Design.