SMS student wins Grace Museum contest

A Sweetwater Middle School (SMS) sixth grader recently won a contest sponsored by the Grace Museum of Abilene.SMS sixth grade history teacher Shaunna Cleckler presented the contest--naming the brahma bull mascot of the Grace's upcoming Children and Art Literacy Festival (CALF)--to her students. Among the student entries, the name "Mini Moo" from sixth grader Reese Dahl was chosen.The submission was then entered into the official contest, which consisted of over 40 districts. Reese and "Mini Moo" won the entire contest, and "Mini Moo", a miniature horse named Bitsy, and representatives from the festival were at SMS on Wednesday morning, Dec. 21, 2011.The chairman of the Children's Art and Literacy Festival, Beverly Guthrie said that the brahma bull, also known as a zebu, was purchased to compliment the festival's acronym, CALF."This adorable miniature cow will never be more than 42 inches tall, and will be making appearances throughout the year to help promote the festival and greet our festival goers next summer," stated Ms. Guthrie."We were very excited to have Sweetwater Middle School participate in the Naming Contest and Reese Dahl picked the name Mini Moo, which fits this small guy perfectly."Echoing that same sentiment was Ms. Cleckler, who was not only proud of Reese but the entire campus as well. "I was so excited that one of my students won the contest! Way to go SMS!"The celebration consisted of cupcakes given to all sixth grade students, and students were able to pet Mini Moo and Bitsy. Following the festivities, Reese, fellow student Garret Ehlert, and Ms. Cleckler were presented with t-shirts promoting the festival.The Children and Art Literacy Festival will kick off in downtown Abilene starting on Thursday, June 14, 2012. It will highlight the inventive world of Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) through his books, films, art and other creative works from the author in various Abilene outlets.Reece also received a stuffed "Cat in the Hat" from the titular book, as well as a copy of the Dr. Seuss book, "Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?". Also, Reese, Garret, and Mini Moo posed together for photographers. The photo of the trio will grace the cover of the regional AT&T phone book.