Issue: Education

Walorski Announces Winners of 2015 Congressional Artwork Competition

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

Walorski Hosts 2015 Congressional Art Competition Winners Reception

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) will host a reception recognizing this year’s 2015 Congressional Art Competition finalists at the South Bend International Airport. Walorski, along with members of her staff, will welcome guests including the top 11 finalists, their family members, and judges. During the reception, Walorski will announce the first and second place winners and the recipient whose artwork received the most “Likes” on Walorski’s official Facebook page.

The Congressional Art Competition was established in 1982 to give members of Congress the opportunity to recognize artistic talent amongst their constituents. It takes place nationwide and open to all high school students. During the next year, the first place winner will have their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol and the second place winner will have their artwork displayed in the Congresswoman’s Mishawaka District Office.

WHO: Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

WHAT: 2015 Congressional Art Competition Winners Reception

WHEN: Saturday, May 16, 2015

9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

WHERE: South Bend International Airport Atrium

4477 Progress Drive, South Bend, IN 46628

Parking is available in the short term parking lot.

Walorski Supports Financial Security & Independence for Disabled Americans

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) supported helping individuals with disabilities by voting for H.R. 647, the ‘Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act’. The bill, which Walorski co-sponsored, allows families to create tax-free savings accounts, similar to college savings accounts, for their child with disabilities to allow them to be economically self-sufficient when they enter adulthood.

“Many American families currently enjoy tax incentives to save for future expenses including college, retirement, and other life events,” said Walorski. “Sadly, our tax code does not provide the same options to people with disabilities, leaving them with few choices to save for their future.”

The legislation is intended to ease the financial strains faced by individuals with disabilities by amending Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Service Code to cover qualified expenses such as education, housing, and transportation. The bill does not replace, rather supplements the benefits provided through private insurance, Medicaid, the supplemental social security income program, the beneficiary’s employment, and other sources.

“This bill is about so much more than just a savings account,” Walorski said. “Finally, we can level the playing field for everyone, especially for the millions of Americans with autism and other disorders who want the ability to one day live on their own, receive an education and find a job.”

H.R. 647 passed the House by a vote of 404-17 and now heads to the Senate for further consideration.

Walorski Presents 1st Place Award for 2014 Congressional Artwork Competition

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) awarded Yejee Oh, a sophomore at Penn High School, with first place in the 2014 Congressional Art Competition from the 2nd Congressional District for her artwork titled “Naturelement Mc’canigue”. Oh’s artwork placed first out of 68 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 very overwhelmed by the level of talent in our community’s young artists, especially Oh’s entry,” 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 Monday night at a reception for the nine finalists at the South Bend International Airport. Walorski then visited with Oh at Penn High School this afternoon to present her with a certificate.

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 then 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.

WALORSKI CONGRATULATES SERVICE ACADEMY NOMINEES

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) congratulated seven individuals from Northern Indiana who received service academy nominations from her office.

“It is a true honor to nominate these exceptional young men for admission to our highly-competitive service academies,” Walorski said. “They are all impressive and went through a challenging selection process, demonstrating their academic excellence in the classroom, participation in extracurricular activities, and their outstanding community involvement. Each of them will represent Indiana with distinction, and as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I commend their strong desire to serve our country.”

2014 Congressional Service Academy Nominees

  • Paul Michael Byszewski, a South Bend resident, has received an appointment from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.
  • Zachary Davis, a Granger resident, has accepted an appointment from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, where he will attend in the Fall of 2014. Davis also received an appointment from the U.S. Air Force Academy.
  • Sean Gerard Hall, a Granger resident, has accepted an appointment from the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he will attend in the Fall of 2014.
  • Connor McGuire, a Granger resident, has received an appointment from the U.S. Naval Academy.
  • Luke Michael Schumacher, a Plymouth resident, has received an appointment from the U.S. Air Force Academy.
  • Sterling Willman, a Culver resident, has received an appointment from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY.
  • Christian Wittendorf, a Granger resident, has accepted an appointment from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY, where he will attend in the Fall of 2014.

Every Member of Congress has the privilege of nominating a limited number of constituents to the United States service academies. The honor of attending a service academy comes with a commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation. Service academies have not yet completed their appointment offers, which can be made up until initial training begins.

WALORSKI SUPPORTS BIPARTISAN STUDENT LOAN CERTAINTY ACT OF 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) released the following statement after the House passed the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013 (originally passed by the House as the Smarter Solutions for Students Act):

“As a first generation college student, I am pleased the Senate has finally joined the House to pass commonsense legislation for the sake of students and families across the nation. This compromise is very similar to measures already passed by the House in May, and I am hopeful it will be quickly signed into law by the President to make sure interest rate hikes are resolved before students start signing loan documents for fall semesters.

“It is unfair for student loan borrowers to shoulder high interest rates that discourage the pursuit of higher education and cause financial strain on families, and I applaud this bipartisan agreement to make tuition affordable.”

WALORSKI SUPPORTS PASSAGE OF THE STUDENT SUCCESS ACT

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) released the following statement after the House voted to pass the Student Success Act, H.R. 5:

“As the wife of a schoolteacher, I was proud to support this legislation to pass meaningful education reforms for Hoosier schools and families. The Student Success Act moves away from unworkable federal regulations and allows states the flexibility to develop creative, innovative policies for their students.

“Speaking with school administrators, teachers, and parents at home, it is clear that Hoosiers want more localized control so they can make the best decisions for our students. Today, the House adopted commonsense measures to move America’s education system in the right direction. This bill removes No Child Left Behind legislation, facilitates greater parental involvement, and prohibits the President from forcing states to enact Common Core standards.

“I am also extremely pleased that this bill fortifies funding for vulnerable groups and reauthorizes important programs and protections for homeless students.”

WALORSKI JOINS FEED THE CHILDREN’S “READ ACROSS AMERICA” DAY

Congresswoman reads to students to support education

ELKHART, IN – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski today joined students at Mary Beck Elementary School to celebrate Feed The Children’s “Read Across America” Day. After reading her favorite Dr. Seuss book to the children, Walorski visited with students and teachers to promote reading and education.

“It’s a privilege to participate in “Read Across America” to celebrate the importance of reading in school and outside the classroom for all students,” said Walorski. “We are privileged to have Feed The Children stop in Elkhart County to help our communities enrich educational resources and provide school supplies for our dedicated teachers.”

Feed The Children participated in two “Read Across America” events in Elkhart, with plans to stop at Hawthorne Elementary School this afternoon. Better World Books, a longtime partner, plans to donate books to each student. Volunteers, like Congresswoman Walorski, are signed up to read to the children throughout the events.

Walorski also stopped by the Teachers Store in Elkhart, a distribution center where teachers can find free school supplies for their classrooms. Feed The Children has provided over 30,000 books to area schools in the past year.

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