For the first time in Hubbard High School's history, a recent graduate had his artwork placed in the top 300 for the state of Ohio in the 2013 Governor's Youth Art Exhibition.
Zack Sekola's artwork was hung in the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower in Columbus.
"Life in general and living inspires me to draw," Sekola said.
"Zack was always talented and just kept refining his artwork," said Josh Macmillan, Sekola's teacher in advanced placement art.
The two pieces of artwork that placed in the top 300 are titled "Lorenzo" and "The Bride of Frankenstein."
"Most pictures take around four to six hours to draw," Sekola said.
Macmillan said he assigns a total of 24 pieces throughout the year, and 12 of them each have their own individual themes. "Lorenzo" and "The Bride of Frankenstein" were two of the 12 projects that involved their own themes.
Sekola first started to draw around the age of 5, and since then his grandmother and Macmillan have had a lot of impact and inspiration in his art.
He enjoys using pen and marker, utensils that other people are afraid to use because they are not erasable. He also uses watercolor to add accent to his work, and non-traditional things like coffee and tea.
"He was one of three best students in all my classes, and he was always helping other kids and giving them advice. It was almost like having another teacher in the class," Macmillan said.