2017-10-04 / Front Page

Millen’s Autistic Artist – Donico Allen


This photograph of Donico Allen appears on the cover of the Romanian magazine “Education without Borders.” An article in the magazine spotlights Donico’s artist talent. He is shown with one of his Michael Jackson creations, which is his specialty. 
(Photos contributed) This photograph of Donico Allen appears on the cover of the Romanian magazine “Education without Borders.” An article in the magazine spotlights Donico’s artist talent. He is shown with one of his Michael Jackson creations, which is his specialty. (Photos contributed) He was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome as a child, and he didn’t speak until he was four years old. However, 25-yearold Donico Allen, a graduate of Jenkins County High School (JCHS), doesn’t let the disorder disrupt his life. He is known as “Millen’s Autistic Artist!”

Donico, whose interest in art began in elementary school, chose the name for himself because of the life-like figures he creates out of fuzzy sticks, twist ties and aluminum foil. His specialty is creating Michael Jackson figures.

With today’s social media influence, it is no surprise that Donico became “friends” with Romanian professor, _ and editor, Adrianna Cires, several years ago on Facebook. That contact led Professor Cires to write an article about Donico that appeared in a “Education Without Borders”, a Romanian education magazine. A photo of one of his creations is featured on the magazine’s cover.


“Sponge Bob” is another one of the characters Donico Allen creates out of fuzzy sticks, twist ties and aluminum foil. “Sponge Bob” is another one of the characters Donico Allen creates out of fuzzy sticks, twist ties and aluminum foil. Professor Cires is not Donico’s only foreign friend on Facebook. He corresponds with friends in several foreign countries, using the translation application on his computer to talk to his friends in their native languages. He also has many Millen friends with whom he enjoys communicating.

In fact, Donico has many interests, among them being the campaign created by Noor Santosian to save elephants and rhinoceroses. He also wrote a book about his favorite personality, Michael Jackson, while still a student in high school. While in school he was also a winner in the Jenkins County Memorial Library’s Summer Reading program and is a loyal donor to the Shepherd Community Blood Center’s local blood drives.

“Donico was my student for six years, and we have been in constant contact since he graduated from high school. It has been my pleasure to watch him grown and achieve success in many areas,” said JCHS teacher Jackie Burke.

Donico lives in Millen with his mother, Patricia Allen, and they own an organic farm.

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