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Andrew Brooks received his award at a ceremony in Madison last weekend. With him is Brian Zelenak of Hudson, who is on the board of directors for VSA. Zelenak is working with Bridge for Hudson Youth with Disabilities to develop art classes for special-needs students in this area. Photo by Meg Heaton

Local student artist wins statewide recognition

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Andrew Brooks at age 8 has already had the kind of recognition a lot of would-be artists dream about. But for the 8-year-old Willow River second-grader it might be just the beginning.


Brooks, the son of Gayle and Dan Brooks, was adopted from Russia when he was 17 months old. He was diagnosed with high-functioning autism when he was a little over 4 years old.

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Meg Heaton
Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
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