Young Artist Recognized for 'Adventurous' Design

"credit" Jessi SmithHOPKINS COUNTY, KY (6/20/13) - Preparations are being made for the first Independence Bank: Madisonville is an Adventure Race, which will be held Saturday, Aug. 10th.

Among these preparations include a t-shirt design contest, which was open to all students and staff in the Hopkins County School District. The winning design will grace the front of t-shirts that are being given to race participants.

Students and staff in the school system were asked to draw a design that would best embody what the race is. The adventure race involves a course that includes solving clues and participating in mental and physical challenges.

The event is being sponsored by Independence Bank and benefits the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program in Hopkins County Schools. PBIS is a research-based program designed to improve behavior by teaching students how they should behave in specific situations. Students receive positive reinforcement for following guidelines.

The race offers “an exciting urban adventure,” according to Hopkins County Schools’ PBIS coach Wendy Watts.

“Competitive teams solve 11 or 12 clues, while family teams solve five of six clues," says Watts. "This event is considered appropriate for teams of varying levels of fitness, even at the competitive level."

"credit" Jessi SmithConsidering all this, and after reviewing the many entries received by the adventure race planning committee, it was decided that one design in particular stood out among the rest. It was a design created by 10-year-old Jadon Justice, a 4th grade student at Pride Elementary School.

“This is the second art prize he’s won this year,” says Ronnie Justice, Jadon’s father. “He also won an art contest sponsored by the Hopkins County Conservation District. The theme was forestry. He drew the Lorax in a boxing ring and won first place in the county.”

“I found out that I had won the t-shirt design contest at like nine in the morning. My mom woke me up. After she told me I had won, I was up! That was it! I was up,” explains Jadon excitedly.

"credit" Jessi Smith“At first, I thought it was a forest race. So after doing that for three hours my mom finally tells me, 'Oh, it’s an urban race,'" says Jadon as he puts his palm against his face. “Yes, face-palm. So, I basically looked out on my back porch and just tried to copy what I saw.”

Jadon started by sketching out his view from the back deck. He then scanned it into his computer, cleaned it up, and added some color using the Windows Paint program.

“Before I had taken on this project I had only drawn cartoon characters, mainly from Nickelodeon, but also from video games like Sonic [the Hedgehog] and Mario [Bros.]. For the longest while, I took on a Japanese type of drawing called anime. It is basically cartoony, but realistic. That was just after I was all over Pokemon and Dragon Ball Z.”

"credit" Jessi SmithJadon tells the Sugg Street Post that he has been designing things on the computer since the age of three.

“I use to have a toy that had a little drawing pad on it and a keyboard,” says Jadon. “It’s hard to explain.”

His hobbies include golf and shooting his rifle. Although, he says he only shoots at targets.

“I’m not really a big hunter,” says Jadon.

On Wednesday, June 19th, Jadon was presented with two $25 chamber checks and a free pass to join the race. The first check was presented by Madisonville City Councilmember Hannah Myers, the second was presented by Hopkins County-Madisonville Chamber of Commerce President Lee Lingo, and the free race entry was presented by the Executive Director of the Hopkins County Tourism Commission Tricia Noel.

"credit" Jessi Smith“We appreciate this design and we thank Jadon for letting us use it for the race,” says Lingo.

“Jadon did a great job,” says Watts. “I’m really excited for him. His design was superior. He even beat the adults that submitted entries.”

The race will begin at the Hopkins County Judicial Center located at 120 East Center Street in Madisonville. Teams may register in four categories: competitive mens, competitive womens, competitive co-ed, and family. Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, July 31. Competitive teams start at 8am with families set to begin at 8:45am.

“We appreciate the support of Independence Bank, whose sponsorship of this event will help ensure the continued success of PBIS in Hopkins County Schools,” says Watts. “We hope to see a lot of participation from the community.”

"credit" Jessi SmithThe Adventure Race planning committee will be promoting the race at the July 24th Tradewater Pirates game at Elmer Kelly Stadium. This will include a demonstration challenge. Registered participants can get a pre-race clue at the Aug. 9th Friday Night Live at the Independence Bank: Madisonville is an Adventure Race tent.

The registration form is available online at For more information, see the Independence Bank: Madisonville is an Adventure Race Facebook page.

Sugg Street Post
Written by Jessica Dockrey
Photos by Jessi Smith

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