Walorski Announces Winner of 2017 Congressional Art Competition
Penn High School Student’s Artwork Will Hang in U.S. Capitol for a Year
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today announced that Kaitlyn Nicholls, a student at Penn High School in Mishawaka, is the winner of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition for Indiana’s 2nd District. Kaitlyn’s winning artwork, “Cool Colored Figures,” will hang in the U.S. Capitol for the next year alongside other winners from across the country.
“Congratulations to Kaitlyn on her achievement – her artwork will make 2nd District Hoosiers proud on display in the Capitol,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “I want to thank all the students who submitted their work in this year’s Congressional Art Competition. It’s always exciting to see the incredible creativity and skill of our talented young artists.”
Congresswoman Walorski hosted a reception at South Bend International Airport for the students who submitted entries and their teachers and announced the winner. Walorski also awarded second place to Isabelle Pacis, a student at Clay High School. Her artwork, “Cara,” will be displayed in Walorski’s Mishawaka District Office for the next year.
High school students from throughout Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District submitted entries, and a judging panel of two 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 Ways and Means Committee.