Jason Kirchman is not your father's football player.

    Sure, he can play  both offense and defense,  had 62 tackles his senior year, and was voted MVP of a Tri-State All-Star team at the  101 Classic Bowl in Woodward, Okla.

    As one of Dodge City High School's standout players, Kirchman's athletic talents have brought him his share of media coverage over the years. But lately, the 18-year-old has been in the spotlight for a very different set of talents — artistic ones.


Jason Kirchman is not your father's football player.
    Sure, he can play  both offense and defense,  had 62 tackles his senior year, and was voted MVP of a Tri-State All-Star team at the  101 Classic Bowl in Woodward, Okla.
    As one of Dodge City High School's standout players, Kirchman's athletic talents have brought him his share of media coverage over the years. But lately, the 18-year-old has been in the spotlight for a very different set of talents — artistic ones.
    Kirchman recently won first place in the Roundup Rodeo poster contest, which means that thousands of people from all over the country will soon see his work. His graphic design of three rodeo contestants on horseback will adorn the cover of the Roundup program, and be reproduced on posters hanging all over town. Yet, Kirchman is genuinely modest, even a bit shy, about his accomplishments.
    Like the team player he is, Kirchman tends to respond to praise by focusing the conversation on fellow artists — Slade Grund and Annie Kouple — who took second and third places respectively, or on one of his teacher or coaches.    
    "I never even thought of being an artist, because I can barely hold a brush straight," said Kirchman. "But right before I started my freshman year, Coach (Steve) Rankin told me I should take his computer graphic class. I've always loved computers, and that's how it started."
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