Glen Rock resident and first grade student Sofia Fusco recently won a drawing contest for the cover of Mini Boden's November clothing catalog.
Sofia, who drew the award-winning bird because she thought her mom would like it, said she was surprised when she found out she won.
"I never won a contest before," she said. "When we found out, my mom ran from the computer and we jumped up and down."
Sofia's mom, Charlene, said she found out about the contest and helped her daughter pick the drawing of the singing bird, but didn't expect to win.
"I didn't think we would win. We just did it for fun," Charlene Fusco said.
While Sofia's favorite subjects to draw (her parents, flowers, animals, etc.) may be common for kids her age, she may be a more skilled 6 (and three quarters)-year-old artist than most. She counts French Impressionist painters like Degas and Renoir among her influences, thanks to a school program that brings parents into the classroom to talk about paintings and work on crafts. Artistic ability also runs in the family. Sofia's father, Lenny, has written and illustrated a childrens' book which Sofia proudly reads, pointing out areas she influenced.
Of course, drawing isn't Sofia's only activity. She is also active in the Daisies, is writing a musical about getting lost in the snow and participated in a junior robotics competition last year. When she grows up, Sofia is between being a rock star or a vet, because she likes both singing and science.
In the meantime, she just had to figure out what to get with her $500 credit prize at Mini Boden. She wants to buy jewelry, but her mom points out that they only carry jewelry for adults.
"I'll share it with you," she offered.