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HS art student receives good news after her artwork is stolen

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW)--Caitlin Neuman is a junior at Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids. She spend more than 20 hours creating her sculpture. But at an art tournament at UW Stevens Point, it was stolen in a matter of seconds.

"When we were going up to get our results, my judge wasn't there and neither was the sculpture. So I just assumed it had been moved at first," Neuman said.

But it wasn't, and no one could find it anywhere. Other artists said they didn't see anything. Neuman was devastated.

"It was kind of a feeling of loss because you put so much effort into it, even though it's not monetary value, it's still a lot of time spent," Neuman said.

Making matters worse, Neuman's piece had just placed first in her category--that meant she was automatically going to state in Madison. But she and her adviser worried that opportunity was in jeopardy.

"I was kind of worried that I was going to have to re-make it with the little time I have left before the competition," Neuman said.

"Trying to recreate some of these things aren't always realistic because they are part of a moment in time as they are being created," Dana Rice, an art teacher at Lincoln High School said.

But Monday afternoon, Neuman received some good news. Tournament officials learned of the disappearing art and gave her piece first place at state.

"It's kind of surprising since you're not really judging off anything," Neuman said.

Neuman says she's honored, and glad her work hasn't gone to waste. But she still wants to get her prized possession back.

"It's your creation. It's not worth a lot except to the artist really. So it would just mean a lot to get it back," Neuman said.

UW Stevens Point authorities say they'll continue to look for the stolen artwork. Any one with any information is asked to call UW Stevens Point Protective Services at (715)346-3456.

Online Reporter: Cassandra Vinch

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