Herald and Journal, Dec. 24, 2001

Eighth grader's drawing chosen for full color calendar

By Lynda Jensen

January is a special month for HLWW eighth grader Julie Rohling.

Rohling was chosen out of 71 other students from across the nation and Canada for her colored pencil drawing of 12 Holstein cows.

The drawing is on the first page, or the month of January, for the 2002 full-color calendar printed and distributed by Westfalia Surge, a dairy equipment supplier.

It started in Addie Mucha's pre-algebra class at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Rohling said.

After Rohling finished a math test, she started doodling to pass the time away while the other students finished.

Her doodling did not go unnoticed - Mucha stopped and posted the drawing on her "wall of fame." The wall is used to post interesting drawings from the class.

That was all the confidence she needed, since she turned around and decided to make another drawing. It was chosen for the calendar.

January also happens to be her birthday month, she said.

She also won a flag coloring contest conducted by the American Legion.

Shortly after hearing about the calendar win, Rohling was chosen by the entire seventh grade - via secret ballot - for first place for a graduation standards drawing competition.

"She has so many abilities," Mucha said. Rohling is a high honor student and makes short work of her math tests, she said.

Rohling is the daughter of Steve and Karry Rohling of Howard Lake. She has one sister, Karen, 11, and brother, Steven, 8.

Calendars are distributed by at least two local dealers, Hobert Sales in Cokato, and Lange Dairy Equipment in Glencoe for their patrons.

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