Walorski Announces Winners of 2015 Congressional Artwork Competition

Monday, May 18, 2015

Announced Winners at South Bend Airport Reception

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) awarded Krista Smith, a student at Penn High School with first place in the 2015 Congressional Art Competition from the Second Congressional District for her artwork titled, “The Sigh of a Gypsy Queen”. Smith’s artwork placed first out of 87 entries submitted to Walorski’s office from around the district.

“This year’s applicants were talented and submitted some outstanding artwork for the Congressional Art Competition. Every year, I look forward to seeing the different entries, and this year I was overwhelmed by the level of talent in our community’s young artists,” Walorski said. “Each of these students should be proud of their accomplishment and I thank each of them for participating.”

Walorski presented the finalists with their awards Saturday morning at a reception for the finalists at the South Bend Airport.

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent across the nation from each Congressional district.

A judging panel comprised of four local artists helped select a winning entry, which will not be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for Members of Congress to recognize the artistic talents of high school students in their districts. Since then, more than 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

2015 Finalists and Winners

1st Place – Krista Smith – “The Sigh of a Gypsy Queen” – Penn High School
2nd Place – Mikayla Karasek – “Hotel: Extreme Black & White” – Elkhart Central High School
3rd Place – YeJee Oh – “Concert Day” – Penn High School
4th Place – Megan Brown – “The Evil Eye” – Penn High School
5th Place – Aubrey Castleman – “Soy Bean Factory in Central IN” – Elkhart Central High School
6th Place – Olivia Haworth – “Eric 5th Grade” – Elkhart Central High School
7th Place – Matthew McDonough – “Fall Walk” – Elkhart Central High School
8th Place – Morgan Ness – “What a Wonderful World” – Penn High School
9th Place – Caitlin Stout – “Rotations” – Penn High School
10th Place – Mackensie Swift – “Pleading” – Elkhart Memorial High School
11th Place – Addison Warner – “Elderly Addison” – Clay High School

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