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Mitchell student wins art contest

Mitchell eighth-grader Rusty Munsen poses for a photo with the flag he designed as part of the Youth Art Month contest to design a flag that represents a state. (Chris Huber/Republic)

Rusty Munsen is modest about his art.

The soft-spoken Mitchell eighth-grader said he just likes to draw when he gets bored, so it was a surprise to him when he won a statewide contest earlier this year.

As part of the Youth Art Month contest to design a flag that represents a state, Munsen was chosen to represent South Dakota at the National Art Education Conference this weekend in Fort Worth, Texas.

Youth Art Month is observed in March and is designed to promote art education across the country.

The contest asks students across the nation to design a flag that represents their state.

Munsen's design features a pheasant sitting on a fence near a farm in rural South Dakota.

He chose the seen because it depicts a lot of color.

Aside from the colorful state bird, Munsen drew purple pasque flowers, the state flower of South Dakota, growing along the fence.

The winning design from each state is made into an actual flag and the 50 student-designed flags will be displayed at the national convention.

Munsen had the flag with him on Monday and said it was "pretty cool" to see his art that large.

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