Earlier this week two northern Nevada students shared the stage with Governor Steve Sisolak.

Cooper Sandoval and Sydney Larsen were honored for their hand-drawn creations depicting the Silver State. They are now officially part of Nevada history;   leading the Pledge of Allegiance during Monday's inauguration ceremony on the steps of the state capital.

Fourth graders Cooper and Sydney have plenty to be proud of; both created artwork that not only won them a spot on stage, but will hang in the new governor's office.

“I did sagebrush for the state flower and then I thought I'd do the big horn sheep for the animal," explains Cooper. Sydney took a different approach; "I drew a picture of a girl walking into the Nevada legislature holding a book that says N-V laws"

“Why Home Means Nevada To Me” was the theme for the statewide competition open to grade school students. Cooper and Sydney’s art work took first place.

"The purple hills are his favorite to drive through,” Cooper’s mom Annie tells us. “Like the Fernley area to see the purple hills, so he made sure to put the purple hills in there, so it really was what Nevada did mean to him."

You will almost always find ten-year-old Cooper with a sketch pad in hand. One of his drawings was even converted into metal art work for Burning Man.

Cooper tries to put his creative process into words for us; "I.... Like to do… creative abstract, kinda, like - stuff."

Nine-year-old Sydney says she'd like to be a scientist one day and she created her artwork to reflect something very timely ; "There's the first female majority in the Nevada legislature - this year."

Sydney's mom Kacey was smiling from ear to ear; "She's the smartest, brightest little girl and I am proud and I'm a lucky mom to be her mom."

The winning art pieces were chosen by the Governor and First Lady.

Both kids will forever have a great story to tell.