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Tater Daze button design winner: Alexa Hatcher

May 16, 2017 09:59 AM
Alexa Hatcher
2017 Tater Daze button design winner Alexa Hatcher
© City of Brooklyn Park

At 12 years old, Alexa Hatcher is no stranger to winning art contests. She's won two of them already at school. The sixth grader attends St. Vincent DePaul School and was delighted to learn her drawing of the city's mascot, Spud McTater, will be replicated on hundreds of buttons that will be sold at this year's city festival.

"I was so excited to learn that I won. It was fun to draw the potato guy. He's kinda different for a mascot. He's happy all the time and he wears a kilt. I've never colored a kilt before so this is a new experience," said Alexa recently with a huge smile on her face.

The Brooklyn Park artist learned about the contest through her mom, Karen, who told her daughter about it after seeing it on social media. Alexa plans on becoming a writer or illustrator in the future and has a special fascination with Japanese anime. Alexa says her creativity comes from her mom, who has always inspired her to draw.

When not drawing, Alexa plays soccer and piano and loves to dance. She studies all kinds of dance, including tap and jazz. She excels at school as well, especially math.

As the winner of this year's contest, Alexa will get to ride in the Tater Daze parade featured in a convertible and will have unlimited access to inflatable rides at the festival. She believes winning the Tater Daze Button Contest pushes her creativity more and more, which ultimately will challenge her to be the best artist she can be.



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