Meet Madison

She's already working hard toward her career as an artist, which will definitely require a college education, Madison said in her entry for the SMART529 “When I Grow Up” essay contest.
Even as a fourth-grader at Nitro Elementary School in Kanawha County, Simons was setting her sights on Marshall University, West Virginia University or Yale for her college education, and perhaps a future career in animation.
"When I grow up, I want to be an artist because when I draw, I can express my emotions or feelings," she wrote, adding later that it brings her a lot of enjoyment.
Madison's family agrees that her knack for drawing was most likely picked up from her father, who describes himself as a "doodler."
She puts those skills to use now in school projects and fun projects at home, and Madison enjoyed the West Virginia State Summer Arts Camp as well.
To turn art into a career, "I'll need to have a lot of practice and studies and be experienced," she wisely said.
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Updated 01/04/2018