You might not know Jessica Sailor by name, but Milaca school students know her artwork.
It was Sailor who two years ago designed the Milaca Elementary School’s “wolf pack,” a school-provided folder that all students carried throughout their school year.
Now adults are becoming familiar with Sailor’s artwork, too.
The Milaca High School seventh-grader had the winning design in Milaca’s 2014 Sno Dayz button contest. There are 100 numbered buttons bearing Sailor’s design for sale this week in Milaca. The holder of one of the buttons could win as much as $100 in the annual Sno Dayz lotto.
Sailor’s design, which
features two wolf pups standing and dressed coats and mittens building a snowman, started as a classroom project.
“My art teacher (Kristine Jobe) gave us a sheet of paper inviting us to design the button,” Sailor said. “I did so because I thought I had a chance to win because I’m pretty good at drawing.”
Sailor decided upon a wolf design because she really enjoys drawing wolves, not because the school mascot is a wolf.
It was Ms. Jobe who broke the news to Sailor that her design had been chosen as the winner.
“I was excited,” she said.
And when she saw the design reproduced as a button, she said, “I thought it looked really cool.”
Sailor’s favorite class at Milaca High School is predictably, art.
“I’ve loved art ever since I was real little,” she said.
“My mom bought me a big dry-erase easel and I drew on it all the time,” she said.
With her prize money, Sailor is hoping to buy a cowgirl hat.
“I’ve been saving up for one of those,” she said.
When the 13-year-old isn’t drawing she enjoys spending time with her horses and playing with her cat. In the summer, she enjoys biking the 2 miles from her home into the city of Milaca where she says she bikes around town.
Sno Dayz events
Sno Days action heats up Friday with a business-to-business bowling tournament at Lakeway Lanes. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., eight teams will battle for the Sno Dayz bowling crown. Taking to the lanes will be: The Insurance Shoppe, Teal’s Market, Fairview Milaca Clinic, Mike Nelson Auto Glass, First National Bank of Milaca, Stone Heart Granite, Jim’s Mille Lacs Disposal and Ethan Allen-Paul Jackson.
Sno Dayz continues from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Rec Park. At the ice rink, there will be some pickup games of broomball and a family skate with ice games, James said. Equipment will be provided, she said. There will also be a bonfire near the ice rink where attendees can warm up with hot chocolate and roast some treats on the open fire.
The Sno Dayz “Make Your Own Sled” contest is also sure to be a crowd favorite. Using the building materials of their choice, such as cardboard and duct tape, participants will construct a sled and ride it down the Rec Park sledding hill. The sled that goes the farthest will win a $25 cash prize.
Another highlight will be an up-close and personal visit with a real sled dog team. The “Silent Night” sled dog team from Bock will be at Rec Park from 1-3 p.m.
There will be some indoors activities at the Milaca Arts Center, too.
A gathering of Milaca authors will convene from 2-4 p.m. at the center, located at 170 Second Ave. Come visit with authors Gary Fehring, Brenda Rueckert, Ellen Gilder, Dannelle Martin-Helget, Kris Marxhausen, Connie Herges, Linda Buturian, Debbie Blue and Bob Kozlowski.