Collier siblings showcase art, writing talents
By Jeffrey Widmer
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, 3:40 p.m.
Brothers Owen and Samuel Kagle of Collier have been creative "since birth," said their mother, Martha.
"I don't know where they get it from. But they have it. They have a natural talent for writing and art," she said.
Their talent is paying off.
Owen will be 8 on Aug. 14 and a third-grader at Chartiers Valley Intermediate School in the fall. Samuel, 9, is a fifth-grader at the Intermediate School.
Samuel was the grand prize winner of the Pennsylvania American Water Watersheds Art Contest.
Owen received honorable mention in the PBS Kids Go! Writing Contest.
The brothers took the awards and the attention in stride.
The brothers were recognized for their accomplishments at the Chartiers Valley School Board meeting in July.
Samuel drew a simple but beautiful drawing of a bird for his submission.
"I just like to draw and write, especially draw," Samuel said. "It's something I have loved to do for as long as I can remember. For this drawing, I just expressed what I was trying to convey. That's all."
Owen wrote a story called "Monster Hall," about a boy who is afraid to go down a hall because he is afraid of monsters.
"It wasn't about me," he said.
This is not the first time the Kagle brothers have been recognized for their work.
Last year, they won awards in WQED's Young Authors writing contest. That contest received more than 650 submissions from children in kindergarten through the third grade.
Last year, the brothers submitted stories with colorful drawings that taught lessons to their readers.
The brothers want to continue drawing and writing, but that doesn't mean they don't have their futures figured out.
Samuel wants to be a writer and a major-league baseball player.
His younger brother has other plans.
"I want to be a paleontologist. I want to hold a dinosaur's bone in my hand someday," Owen said.
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