Penn High School Sophomore McKenzie Blankenbaker’s Artwork Will Hang in U.S. Capitol for a Year
MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today awarded McKenzie Blankenbaker, a sophomore at Penn High School in Mishawaka, with first place in the 2016 Congressional Art Competition. Blankenbaker’s winning artwork, “Moody Whites,” will hang in the U.S. Capitol for the next year alongside other winners from across the country.
“I want to congratulate McKenzie on her achievement and thank all the students who submitted artwork,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “Every year I look forward to seeing what these talented young Hoosiers will create. I’m so impressed by their creativity and grateful for their contribution to celebrating Indiana’s Bicentennial.”
Congresswoman Walorski hosted students who submitted entries and their teachers at South Bend International Airport for the announcement. Walorski also awarded second place to Akane Tokusumi, a Penn High School senior. Her artwork, “Peaceful King,” will be displayed in Walorski’s Mishawaka District Office for the next year.
High school students from throughout Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District submitted 27 entries for this year’s contest, the theme of which is Indiana’s Bicentennial. A judging panel of three local artists helped select the winning entry.
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 represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture.