Last-minute entry snags top prize at Rodeo art auction

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Hector Maldonado was nearly out of time.

The Sam Rayburn High School senior had spent months on his Western-themed colored-pencil drawing, including a few nights in December when he worked on it until 3 or 4 in the morning before dragging himself out of bed for school.

He didn’t really think he had a shot of winning the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo’s annual school art competition, which draws more than 200,000 entries each year from across Texas. But his parents had always taught him to try his best.

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