Viera Charter 5th grader wins Launch the Vote art contest


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Viera Charter School fifth-grader Sarah Biesack, with VCS principal Dr. Julie Cady, won first place in the Launch the Vote Student Art Contest. Photo courtesy of Viera Charter School

Sarah Biesack is one talented girl.

The Viera Charter School fifth grader already plays the piano and is an accomplished violinist and state champion fiddle player.

Now, she can add award-winning artist to her growing list of accomplishments.

The 10-year-old was named the winner of the second annual Launch the Vote Student Art Contest put on by Lori Scott, Brevard County Supervisor of Elections.

“I haven’t won anything with art before,” said Biesack, who admitted she was surprised when her mother, Maryann, walked into her room to break the news to her.

As the winner, Biesack received a giant stuffed cow from Chick-fil-A, and a Chick-fil-A party for up to 25 people, which she plans to share with her classmates.

She also received a proclamation from Brevard County commissioners.

There were six contest winners in all — first, second and third place along with three honorable mentions (one of which went to Brianna Firkel of Suntree Elementary). All of their artwork will be displayed in the Supervisor of Elections Viera Office for the next year.

The first-, second- and third-place drawings were displayed in Chick-fil-A restaurants throughout Brevard County in October.

After hearing about the contest from her fifth-grade teacher at Viera Charter School, Audrey Luss, Biesack was one of more than 500 fourth-and fifth-grade students from around the county to enter.

The inspiration for her drawing was simple.

“On the piece of paper, it just said, ‘Launch the Vote’ so the first thing I thought of was American symbols of our country,” Biesack said. “That would, of course, include the flag, an eagle and the Space Shuttle so I decided to put that on when I illustrated it.”

She may be a gifted artist, but Biesack is also an accomplished violinist.

A member of the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra in Orlando, she is the Concert Mistress (also known as head violinist) for the Prelude Orchestra.

She has also won the Florida State Fiddle Contest three years in a row — twice in the junior category and this past year in the youth category.

Talk about having a bright future.