Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Topeka West Senior Wins National Ceramics Contest

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Topeka West Senior Wins National Ceramics Contest

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When Kaleb Segelquist walked into a pottery class for the first time as a junior at Topeka West High School, he had no idea he would be discovering his life's calling.

But that is exactly what happened.

"I kind of took to it," Segelquist said earlier this week. "It was easy for me to do."

Segelquist brought home the grand prize at the 50th annual National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts contest this past March in Kansas City, Mo. In that competition, he went up against students from across the United States.

Segelquist, an 18-year-old senior at Topeka West who will graduate Saturday, said he has accepted a scholarship from the Kansas City Art Institute, which he plans to attend beginning this coming fall.

After earning his bachelor of fine arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute, he plans to make a career in pottery and ceramics, possibly as a university instructor. …

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