Girl’s self-portrait publishedPublished 10:58pm Saturday, January 11, 2014
Northern Shores Elementary School’s Ryleigh Price will be famous soon when the next edition of Highlights for Children magazine starts hitting mailboxes.
The 7-year-old second-grader drew a self-portrait, depicting herself in a pink, frilly shirt, and submitted it to the magazine to be featured in its “Your Own Pages” section. The family recently received notice it will be published in the February edition.
Ryleigh enjoys drawing so much that she asked for sketch pads for Christmas.
“I normally sketch when I have a break when I don’t have to do chores or go to cheer practice,” she said. Among her favorite things to draw are mermaids and, of course, cheerleaders.
“I thought it was really neat she was going to be in there,” her mother, Amanda Causin, said.
The magazine receives more than 35,000 submissions for the “Your Own Pages” section every year, according to Kristy Coffman, senior communications associate for the magazine. The magazine tries to select work by children of all ages and from many different places in the world, she added.
Some of those many submissions come from Ryleigh and her younger sister, Meredith Price. Causin said there has been “a tiny bit” of sibling rivalry after Ryleigh’s drawing was selected.
The sisters also like to play basketball together and have a baby brother, Andrew Causin. Ryleigh enjoys her position as a flier for Elite Cheer and Tumble.
“It’s not scary. You just get lifted up,” she said.
She considers science her favorite subject at Northern Shores because “you get to learn about the earth and outside and animals.”
Asked what she will do when she gets the magazine with her drawing in the mail, Ryleigh’s answer was simple.