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Pleasant Prairie Student Wins First District Congressional Art Competition

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April 06, 2017 | Ian Martorana (202-225-3031) | comments

ELKHORN, WI — On Saturday, April 1, Wisconsin’s First District congressman and speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, announced Christian Life School junior Filip Saitis as the winner of the 2017 First District Congressional Art Competition.  Filip was honored during a ceremony held at the Monte Carlo Room in Elkhorn. The ceremony was attended by the student artists, their friends and families, their art teachers, and the judges of the First District Art Competition.

“The amount of artistic talent here in Wisconsin’s First District never fails to impress me. Filip should be proud of his achievement—we received a number of stunning pieces this year. I want to congratulate Filip, his family, and his teacher, Kristie Nixon, on this accomplishment, and thank all the other young artists who submitted pieces for consideration in this year’s competition,” said Congressman Ryan.

 Winner Filip Saitis with his piece Expunged

Runners-up for the 2017 First District Congressional Art Competition include:

  • Second place finisher Rachel Gilpatrick, with her piece Great Grandmother, from East Troy High School
 Rachel Gilpatrick, with her piece Great Grandmother
  • Third place finisher, Violet Grinder, with her piece Colour, from Paul’s Alma Mater, Craig High School in Janesville
 Violet Grinder, with her piece Colour
  • Fourth place finisher, Lexi Ganong, with her piece Music In Me, from Paul’s Alma Mater, Craig High School in Janesville
Lexi Ganong, with her piece Music In Me

Each year, Congressman Ryan invites high schools students in the First District to participate in the congressional art competition.  The winning artwork is selected by a panel of judges comprised of local artists, and is then submitted to represent Wisconsin’s First District in the national “Congressional Art Competition: An Artistic Discovery.” This nationwide art competition, which is voluntarily sponsored by members of Congress, gives high-school artists the opportunity to showcase their work locally, as well as the chance to be recognized at the national level for their talent and creativity. The winning artwork from each district is put on display within the U.S. Capitol for an entire year where it can be viewed by the millions of visitors who pass through the Capitol.

A photo of Congressman Ryan with Filip Saitis and his winning piece Expunged can be viewed here.

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