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High school senior meets deadline after fire destroys drawing

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Earlier in Thursday's 5 p.m. newscast, reporter John Donnelly gave us a tour inside the USS Fort Worth, but we didn't get to see some special artwork that will soon be on display.

Dallas-area high school senior Demetris Tate won a contest to have his artwork hang inside the ship, but he almost missed out on the amazing honor when a fire gutted his mother's apartment and destroyed his drawing.

He got back to work on another drawing and made the deadline with 30 minutes to spare.

"The glare on his nose, that was one of the hardest parts too," Tate said.

"I sent a student down to get his drawing.  They grabbed it … that's it, cross your fingers," art instructor Josh Fletcher said.

"Never give up.  Everything that happens in life is for a reason," Tate said.

He will now travel to Galveston to be recognized aboard the ship where his work will be featured.

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